|I know I said government personnel are generally inefficient. But my recent transactions with the government aren’t as painful anymore. There are signs, thank God, that the budget intended for computerization was actually put to good use. In some gated village somewhere, the botoxed wife of a politician must be crying her eyes out over her husband’s failure to buy her a new Louis Vuitton. My condolences go out to her. |
I had to get the usual clearances for the first time to get a job: baranggay, NBI, police, drug test, the whole sha-bang. In no instance was I made to go back or to wait for more than an hour to get what I applied for. Ironically, it was my U.P transcript that took two days to process. That’s excusable, I think, because U.P has always been the University of Pila to me.
It was such a welcome change to be handed wet wipes after taking my finger prints at the NBI Satellite Office in Mandaluyong. I thought, “Uy, ang galing .May kasamang panlinis.” I was on my way to concluding that efficiency has finally become the new work ethic for government personnel. To my surprise, though, I was charged Php5.00 for the towel, which amount was not included in the official NBI receipt. Sideline pala.
I did not feel cheated by the way. I also did not raise an eyebrow over a sign that read: “Smart/Globe/Sun Load Available Here” and “For Sale Envelope ” at the releasing counter. I’m cutting our public servants some slack this time. If they have to make ends meet with their pitiful salaries, it’s better that they do it by making an honest living, selling things. There are worse politicians who do not sell envelopes but get kickbacks in the millions out of government projects. In my opinion, yung mga yun ang dapat sisantihin.