I opted to go to QC Hall since it was most convenient and nearest to my house. The NBI was a covered area directly across the QC Red Cross building. It's not air-conditioned.
The process was pretty straight forward. The heat and long lines just made it frustrating. Without the queue, one could finish in less than 15 minutes. Unfortunately, I finished in 3 and a half hours.
|At 8:45AM, the line was already outside the covered area.|
|The many lines for each step.|
What to do:
1. Photocopy valid ID(s) at the entrance. Submit photocopy to NBI staff beside photocopier.
2. Fill out application form after photocopy of valid ID has been submitted. Use black pen.
3. Pay Php 115 at the "Step 3" counter. Amount is for local employment purposes.
4. Encoding at "Step 4" counter. NBI staff types all info in application form. Check for typos!
5. Picture taking and biometrics at "step 5" counter. Smile!
6. Printing and releasing of NBI clearance at "Step 6" counter.
|There's food in case you're hungry.|
Hotdog, siomai, buko shake, and even ice cream!
|The guard assists those who have inquiries. He also entertains the people with his reminders:|
"Sa 'Religion' part ng form, isulat ang relihiyon niyo! Yung iba kasi sinusulat 'Region 1, 2. May NCR pa!"
Important things to bring:
1. Original and photocopy of valid ID(s). Better to photocopy ahead to avoid paying Php 4.
2. Black pen and white-out, if prone to erasures. Black pens are sold at Php 10.
3. Pamaypay and umbrella. It was sooo hot.
Best to arrive at around 2pm as lines have subsided significantly. If you must come in the morning, make sure you're really early. 7am, perhaps? Don't do what I did. I came in at 8:45am
Goal is to see "No record on file" on the form.