Ombudsman clearance applications now accepted at Palawan mall

By Celeste Anna Formoso

October 4, 2017, 11:21 am

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Government employees here no longer need to fly to Manila to get an Ombudsman clearance.

Applications and payments for Ombudsman clearances can now be filed at the newly opened SM Puerto Princesa.

Russell Fernandez, public relations officer of SM City Puerto Princesa, said Tuesday afternoon that in addition to other government services, the mall’s Business Center now offers Ombudsman clearance applications.

The Ombudsman clearance is a document issued to certify that a government employee does not have any pending graft and corruption case filed against him.

The clearance is used for claiming retirement benefits, promotion or transfer of office, travel abroad, especially those with hold departure orders or with similar names with people who have such, permit to carry firearms, and participation in government biddings, Fernandez said.

Application and payments can be filed at SM Business Centers, even on weekends and holidays. SM will electronically transmit the data to the Office of the Ombudsman for printing of the clearance. The final clearance will be picked up by Air21 and delivered directly to the customer.

Over the past years, the SM Business Center has become a one-stop-shop for government services for customers to transact these requirements while shopping in the malls.

Aside from the Ombudsman clearance applications, the mall's services also include PSA (NSO) applications for birth, marriage, and death certificates; NBI Clearance; and DTI consumer welfare services and renewal of business name.

It also accepts payments for contributions and/or loans for the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp.

In 2014, SM Mart, Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement with the Office of the Ombudsman at SM City North EDSA to formalize the partnership. (PNA)