So I went to BIR yesterday to get a stamp on my Form 2305, because basically you would want to help your bosses put some cash on your poverty-stricken pot.
Anyway, I went there at 9am, if you’re thinking about the RDO, it’s Branch 81, the one beside BCPD in Brgy. Luz. So just a really quick tip when you’re coming over to do your sick government business, I’ve outlined some helpful stuff below you could maybe learn from when it comes your time to do these stuff, like a grown up.
- Go to the front guard (don’t forget to pay him a good morning/afternoon because that always kind of seems to work). Leave your ID and he’ll give you a number. Simply put, you trade your ID with a square-inch piece of number card.
- Once you are inside, go to another guard on the right (because guards do multitasking nowadays, I wonder if that’s part of their training) and ask for a priority number. Tell him what you want to get.
- Your priority number would have some label in it, e.g. TIN Issuance, SLSP, etc. Take a seat somewhere, because the whole place is just literally a waiting area and check the screen for your turn based on your priority number.
- Once it’s your turn, go to the other room, and look for your counter number, wait to get entertained, and you’re done. Also, make sure that you have all the documents ready before going in there.
In my horrible first time duty as an adult (I felt like a badass), I can say the experience was both relieving and, like all others, something you could really learn from. Just be really careful and clear about what you do because your enemy when processing documents with a government agency is time and also the number of people who come to compete with you on that scarce resource.
So, I went to the guard, asked for directions and gave my ID. When I went to the PN table, I asked the guard where to get my form 2305 stamped and he gave me a PN for TIN Issuance, number 33. So I sat there, waiting, maybe a little bit nervous, I don’t know why. Then there was this dude who attempted to talk to me about my business. Of course I don’t wanna be rude so I answered him back with a little too honest face showing my disinterest. Then tadah.. 33 came and I just walked to the room. There I saw the counter, which was supposed to be 2, and I was like, “yeah, it’s my turn and this is the right counter”. The thing is, idiot doesn’t notice that the arrangement of chairs against the panel of numbers wasn’t too friendly to the confused. They were misaligned so I ended up sitting in counter 3, which is for SLSP. I waited a little bit until this beautiful lady came to ask me what I want. Then she asked me for my priority number. That’s when everything got bad, because I was number 33 and she was supposed to entertain a number 6, I guess. So she told me to get another priority number for SLSP. So I went to the guard again and got my SLSP PN. I waited for the second time and this again, the dude was still there. He asked me for the nth time why I have to update my employment status because, as he said, his employer does that for him. Just my casual, too kind self, I gave him a more decent answer than before because I was waiting for number 11 and the counter was still on 7.
On went a couple of minutes or 5 or 10 minutes, I lost count. Then holla shit it’s my turn, yohoo! I went to the beautiful lady’s desk again, smiling and then she asked for my PN and went straight to what I want. When I said I’m for Form 2305 stamping. Immediately she realized. That my previous priority number was right. And that I was supposed to be in Counter 2. She didn’t tell me though because probably she took pity on me. And so she just forwarded my papers to the other older lady in counter 2. I realized my mistake. I’m a walking flesh of bad luck. So the older woman processed my papers, went on to the database, checked the documents, then did a few stamps. After a very short minute, it was over and I went out with a relieved feeling while at the same time, revisiting a few moments of my plain idiocy. If I could’ve just been a little less dumber than my actual self, then I could’ve been out of that place for a good thirty minutes.
Aftermath, I soaked into my self-blaming state but was a little bit happy of the fast process in the BIR. I was impressed because I thought it would be really hard to go through government transactions. Or maybe it’s just because there weren’t so many people. Whatever it is, it was an O-K-A-Y for a first time. Im lying. My first time was in SSS spending 8 hours of my earth time praying that the screen would call me up to heaven. That was bad. But hey, some government agencies are now doing some of their services online. The Pag-Ibig website is one. I once accessed the pag-ibig website to inquire about my Pag-Ibig number, because I couldn’t trace it and the reply came out within 24-36 hours. Brilliant. Visit their link here: pagibigfund.gov.ph
RDO – Regional District Office
So what’s your worst government transaction experience?( Oh this is what I get from watching too much vlogs.)