A Barangay Clearance, is similar to his other Clearance brothers, is another very important document, which is necessary for many other documents or government issued IDs.
For example one cannot get a Postal ID or Mayor’s Permit without getting a Barangay Clearance before.
A lot of government transactions with the official offices will ask for a Barangay clearance. This document is also requested for some ID applications or from certain hiring companies in the Philippines.
Legal transactions require them too in certain cases. But more about the importance of a Barangay Clearance in the following sections.
This article will cover the requirements to apply for a Barangay Clearance, the uses of the Clearance, what the Barangay Clearance Fees are and what the Barangay Clearance even is.
But it is a fact that the Barangay Clearance is a document of utmost importance and necessary for many opportunities in the life of a Filipino.
- What Is Barangay Clearance?
- Why You Need Barangay Clearance?
- Barangay Clearance Requirements
- Barangay Clearance Application Fee
What Is Barangay Clearance?
What is a Barangay Clearance? The Barangay Clearance is a document issued by the Philippine government.
It states that the owner of the document is a person with a good moral character and is a citizen who respects the law, at least in the barangay the Clearance was issued on.
The application for it is rather simples and usually does not take longer than 20 minutes.
It is in fact similar to the other Philippine clearances, the Police and NBI clearance, but is different in terms of the range. How so? The NBI Clearance for example states the same things about his owner, but can be used nationwide.
The Police Clearance on the other hand only covers a region. And finally the Barangay Clearance is only valid for the Barangay where it was issued.
Why You Need Barangay Clearance?
That is indeed a good question. The answer is simple. The Barangay Clearance, as mentioned, states that the owner is a personal with good moral and does not have any (grave) infractions with the law in the Barangay.
It is necessary to apply for certain government-issued documents for example the other two Clearances, the Police and NBI clearance.
Also Travels abroad, Scholarship Applications and many Government Agency Transactions require a Barangay Clearance.
Even some local companies require the applicant to own a Barangay Clearance.
Barangay Clearance Requirements
The Barangay Clearance Requirements are pretty simple.
All it takes are a Recent Community Tax Certificate (Cedula), enough money to pay the fee (more about the fee in the last section), the application form (will be made available at the office) and a pen. That is all.
The Barangay Clearance can be acquired at the local Barangay Hall. After a verbal request to the Barangay Secretary or the assigned officer some questions might be asked about the reason for making the application for the Barangay Clearance.
Things like the current address and the amount of time the applicant has spent living in the current area.
The application form will be handed out by the officer after the questions are answered. The application form has to be submitted completely filled out. Afterwards the Clearance fee has to be payed to the treasurer or the assigned officer.
If the applicant has no problems with his name regarding the law or any judicial problems, the barangay will be printed immediately. Biometric will be taken too. As mentioned before, the process is really that simples and quickly done.
The Barangay Clearance now contains the applicant’s name, address, issued date, biometric, signature and request purpose. The Clarence has to be stamped by the Barangay Official Seal to be a valid document.
Barangay Clearance Application Fee
The fee is not very high. But there is something notable about it. The fee is not the same in all Barangays.
The fees actually might differ from Barangay to Barangay, but normally is always under Php 100.
So just to be sure the applicant should always bring at least Php 150 for the Barangay Clearance application.