A Classic Tale of Overtaxing Pinoys

Posted: March 23, 2016 in Services Review
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A funny thing happened on my way to NSO Pasig. Actually it isn’t really funny but the irony of seeing signs like be careful of fixers because they are mandurugas (cheaters or thieves) but you get overly taxed for a copy of a birth certificate from an actual government office/personnel is hilariously annoying.

Imagine saying fixers create a loss for the Filipino folks because they milk the money out of the people and the government. But what say you about having to pay a hefty P440 for 2 copies of a birth certificate when the same can be had for only P100 per document at any SM customer service centers? It is less of a hassle but may just mean having to wait a week to get it. Still a much lesser expense compared to one coming from a government agency being housed by another government entity. I asked the guy who told me to cough up P280 for the documents after already paying P120 at the 2nd floor cashier. What the heck was the P120 for and why is it different from the P280? He mumbled an answer that sounded so gibberish I can only sum up to “tax.”

So who is cheating who? The fixers or the government?  You tell me.

 

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