Originally posted on WP Writers Group:
I went to our Manila local government (Barangay) office today to renew my Barangay ID. I need to have one so I could get all other valid IDs. I wasted about 15 minutes waiting for the ID section photographer and while I was waiting, I was thinking that this lowly clerk had to have clout to be late for the first day of office this new year. I finally asked a secretary why I have to wait for this ‘Jerome’ but before I finished my question, the secretary asked me to fill up a form. She probably felt guilty.
After submitting the form, she checked my status on her computer. Then she told me I have to get a police clearance first because I wasn’t a registered voter. I thought ‘here we go again’. If the secretary didn’t speak politely, I was ready to make a scene. While on my way out, I saw a childhood friend who is now a local councilor. He was chatting with someone. I went to the nearest police station to get the clearance and as I suspected, I was told I need a Barangay ID to get their clearance and gave me the hint to use a backer. This Catch 21 has happened before between a bank and our Barangay. I went back to the Barangay office hoping that my councilor friend was still there.