NBI reaffirms support to ZCPO PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014 12:58

The National Bureau of Investigation Regional Office IX has expressed its support for the local government and police authorities in maintaining security and pursuing anti-criminality initiatives in Zamboanga City and the region.

“In terms of investigation, rest assured that your NBI will be one in helping and assisting local PNP, including other enforcement units,  maintain the peace and order, as well as anti-criminality campaign,” said Director for NBI Region IX Ferdinand Lavin during the press briefing at City Hall Monday, March 10.

For technical support, Lavin said that the NBI conducts autopsies and other forensic examinations, but that due to the ongoing rationalization, these services have been centralized in Davao City.

Aside from security support measures, the NBI is also working on improving the system for the issuance of the NBI clearance. According to Lavin, aside from the sheer amount of applications, the clearance system in Zamboanga City was bogged down due to the NBI switching database providers this year, and the additional influx of applications from Pagadian City, whose system experienced technical problems.

On average, the NBI processes 30,000 applications a day, but the amount of applications doubles during the first quarter of every year. At present, the regional office in Zamboanga City can only process 300 applications per day, noted Lavin.

To accommodate the applications, the NBI workforce is working on rotation, and strives to begin operations as early as 6 am to entertain applicants from the islands, and those who have been in line since the night before.

“While this is a security nightmare for the NBI, we have to balance security issues with public service,” he said.

Lavin also added that they are getting a helping hand from the City Government.

“While this is not a problem of your City Government, the Mayor is helping the NBI process the clearance applications more efficiently by way of providing us power during periods of power interruptions,” he said.

Lavin replaces Rustico Vigilia as NBI Region IX Director, and assumed office last February 2014. — Jasmine Mohammadsali