MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has completed and switched to its new internally developed clearance system, according to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.
The "soft launch" of the system was made on Jan. 2, where the bureau's head office in Manila went online along with 18 offices and branches nationwide.
"The New Clearance System provides a more reliable platform for the efficient processing of applicants' information. With the improved search engine and query database, the accurate releasing of clearances will be faster," De Lima said.
The new system includes an Automated Cashiering Module aimed at eliminating corruption, and a Renewal Module for the more effective renewal of clearances.
"This is a first in the history of the department [of Justice] and of the bureau (NBI) our very own clearance system that was internally developed as part of our flagship National Justice Information System (NJIS) project," De Lima stressed.
The previous system, run by third party service providers, was composed of 11 steps; the new system has cut the process short, with only 5 steps.
The old system took an average of 95 minutes to complete; the new system takes only 30 minutes.