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‘No change coming’ din sa BIR?

  • Written by Paul Gutierrez
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BAGO ang lahat, bibigyang daan muna natin mga kabayan ang “isang mahalagang patalastas” na ipina­dala sa atin ng tanggapan ni Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson, Atty. Antonette Mangrobang dahil alam nating importante ito para sa kaalaman ng lahat.

BI satellite office at SM-Aura, Taguig City.

The BI opened on Friday its new satellite office at the plush SM Aura Tower mall in Taguig City in a bid to bring its services closer to foreigners based at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) business district and neighboring areas.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente led BI officials and employees in attending the ‘soft opening’ of the BI office situated at the 8th floor of the said mall.

Morente said the new office was opened just a few days after the BI executed a memorandum of agreement with SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) which agreed to provide the bureau, free of rental charges, a space at the mall.

“With the opening of this new facility, we expect a further reduction in the volume of transactions and decongestion of the crowds in our Manila main office.  
   
“Consequently, it will usher in a more efficient and speedy delivery of services to the transacting public,” the BI chief said.
   
“Morente added that the new office will also make it more convenient for foreigners residing, doing business, or working at the BGC, to transact with the bureau as they no longer have to travel to BI’s main office in Intramuros, Manila, to have their immigration papers processed.
   
“In a department order issued last Sept. 27, Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said the new office “will provide the BI and its clientele a new, modern and spacious frontline transaction area” and provide “comfort and relief to the transacting public.”
   
“The office was authorized to process applications for pre-arranged employment visa, treaty trader’s visa, special visa for employment generation (SVEG), and visa for business executives and expatriates of the top 1,000 corporations and multinational firms with operating headquarters in the country.
   
“It can also process applications for extension of temporary visitor’s visa (TVV) of foreign tourists; updating and extension of tourist visa for alien visitors; and, payment of annual report; long-stay visitor visa extension (LSVVE); special work permit (SWP) and provisional permit to work (PPW); ACR I-Card;
   
“BI clearance certificate and certificate of not the same person (NTSP); emigration clearance certificate (ECC); and payment of annual report.”

Ayos na ba, Atty. Mangrobang?

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“Tinitipa” natin ito mga kabayan, hinihintay pa rin natin ang kopya ng ‘subpoena’ na “inaasahan” ng ating mga miron na isisilbi ng nga tauhan ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) dito kay Mike Sabban, ang nagmamalin, agh, “nagmamagaling” na ‘consultant’ ni Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
   
Kasama rin umano sa ipatatawag ng NBI ang ilan pang mga sulsol-tant, nye, consultant, ni Comm. Nick. Ang reklamo ay may kinalaman umano sa “pang-aabuso” nitong si Mike sa isang empleyado ng BoC.
   
Eh, ‘yun kayang subpoena galing sa Ombudsman, kailan naman kaya?
   
Sa totoo lang -- at kasama tayo dito, mga kabayan -- marami ang dismayado at nanghihinayang dito kay Comm. Nick na nagmistulang isang “kuwitis” na matapos pumaimbulog at gumawa ng ingay bilang isang sundalong “may prinsipyo” at “kaaway” ng mga korap noong panahon ni ex-PGMA ay, “wala” na. As in, wala lang, hehehe, ayy, huhuhu!
   
Sa ngayon kasi, halos tatlong buwan matapos siyang maupo bilang customs commissioner at sa kabila ng kanyang mga “nakatatakot” na mga pahayag (katulad ng “papatayin” umano niya ang mga korap sa pantalan) at pagpipilit na “lalabanan” niya ang smuggling, siya na lang siguro at ang mga sipsip sa kanyang paligid ang naniniwala sa mga sinasabi niyang ito.
   
Sa mas diretsong salita, DoF Sec. Sonny Dominguez at Pres. Rody, marami sa mga ‘stakeholders’ sa pantalan ang nagsasabi ngayon na “kayo” na lang tatlo ni Comm. Nick ang naniniwala sa kanyang mga pahayag na kaya niyang “patinuin” ang ahensiya at “lipulin” ang salot ng smuggling, aguy, aguy, aguy!
   
At kung ‘black eye’ sa ating mahal na Pangulo ang kawalan ng reporma at pagbabago sa BoC sa kanyang ‘first 100 days,’ ganito rin umano ang pagkadismaya ng ilang mga miron natin d’yan sa Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).