Now I shall post Part 2 of my journey on the 4th of March. I hope this will serve as a guide for other DOST scholars like me who wants to clear their names.
First thing, you need to have a clearance from DOST. If you don’t have this yet, then you would need to process this at the DOST-SEI Head Office at Bicutan. But that’s another story.
The Bureau of Immigration is located at Magallanes Street, Intramuros, Manila. If you don’t know how to get there, here are the routes you may take:
Route A – Take a bus/FX/jeepney going to Lawton
Route B – Take the LRT and get off at Central Station
Route C – (I’m not too faimliar with this) take a ferry ride on the Pasig river and get off at Intramuros
Route 1 – take the underpass and walk straight to Intramuros exit, take a tricycle (“padyak”) going to Bureau of Immigration, approx. Php20-Php30
Route 2 – take a jeepney going to Pier, and drop off at Bureau of Immigration
As for me, I took Route A-1.
I recognized the building from afar, as per confirmation from a staff the day before, their building is painted white and green. Also, when I got in, I noticed right away that the demographics is that 40-50% of the population (including staff) were foreigners.
As all DOST scholars should, I headed straight to Window #17. When the attending staff saw my DOST clearance he pointed me straight to Window #12. I read that to be cleared in Window#17 you have to:
1 – go to Window #12 to get a derogatory printout
2 – Have a photocopy of the printout letter
3 – go back to Window # 17
Here are what I exactly did:
STEP 1 – Presented to Window #12 my original letter of clearance from DOST, addressed to the Head of the Bureau of Immigration.
STEP 2 – Waited.
STEP 3 – Waited some more.
STEP 4 – Received the letter that is now stamped — “NO DEROGATORY RECORDS”.
STEP 5 – Went back to Window #17 where the guy just looked at the stamped document and gloriously sang, “You’ve been cleared. This is the end of the process.”
Okay, so he really didn’t sing. But due to my disbelief of my sudden clearance from BI, and since I was bugging him endless on why the document is enough and whether I should be paying for anything first, he pointed me to a room in the 4th floor where I could confirm these. The guy there told me that the document should be enough. I could prepare copies of it and bring one with me everytime I travel abroad. Also, he said that I could get an actual document certifying my BI clearance but that would cost me something and it would be really unnecessary.
Bureau of Immigration. Completed.
Duration. Around 30 to 40 minutes.
Next Stop. NBI.