***Please be warned that this entry has a lot swearing and offensive words***
I'm fuming mad since this afternoon because of an incident at the Philippine Embassy in Doha, Qatar. Actually, I did not go there personally. Our liaison officer brought my diploma to the Philippine Embassy for authentication. However, the Philippine Embassy refused saying that my diploma needs a "red ribbon" before they can authenticate it.
What is that f*c*i*g "red ribbon"? When documents such as Birth Certificate (BC) , Marriage Certificate (MC), Diploma and Employment Certificates are brought to Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for authentication, a red ribbon is attached to the document along with an authentication certificate. Most OFWs are required to produce DFA-authenticated documents as part of their application process - mostly for visa processing. Take note (I don't know if it's still required today) before bringing your document to DFA, you need to have it authenticated in Malacanang first - not to mention that BCs and MCs are already authenticated by NSO. Take note also that DFA authentication is valid for six (6) months only! I believe DFA also requires that BCs and MCs from NSO to be less than six months old! If I remember it right, authentication fee alone used to cost P100/document at DFA back in 2004. Imagine how much revenue they generate from this crappy authentication thing. With hundreds (perhaps thousands) of applicants everyday, how are they able to verify all those documents?...and diplomas? What is the authority of DFA to confirm a diploma is real? I doubt if they even verify from schools.
Now why I am fuming mad? Because my Filipina colleagues also had their diplomas authenticated sometime ago but the Philippine Embassy did not require the f*c*i*g red ribbon. I don't understand why DFA authentication certification is being required now. I also don't understand why they accepted my NBI Clearance and not my diploma even the original was shown to them? Why the inconsistency in their procedures? Do they realize how much trouble it is to get it done? and the cost? The Qatar Labor Department only needs an Embassy Stamp. The don't care about the f*ck*ng red ribbon so what is their f*c*i*g problem?
They are wasting my time. You see, the Philippine Embassy regular timings is 8AM to 4PM. The employees are (sometimes? always?) late because of traffic! Why am I not surprised? I wonder why I can be at the embassy before 8 AM and they can't come on time? Every time I need to go to the embassy I have to excuse myself from work. Actually, all OFWs had to excuse themselves from work because there's no other time. They close at 4 pm and because of Ramadan, they now close at 2 PM. WTF! They are not even fasting! I just submitted my Schengen Visa application at the French Embassy and they have regular schedule. Honestly, I am not the only one complaining here. I hear a lot of complaints regarding the rude behaviour of employees at the Philippine Embassy in Qatar but also in other countries. Why do they have to be rude to fellow Filipinos? They are supposed to be providing services - good services to Filipino citizens who deserves to be treated well. If their bad behavior is because of too much work and less pay, they should quit their job. They are government SERVANTS and they are supposed to SERVE period. I was once a government employee and I'm proud to say that I served my countrymen well.
Oh well, I'm too damn furious at the moment. The red ribbon thing is ridiculous! Now, I want to know how are Philippines Embassies and their employees in other countries. If you have any good or bad experience from the Philippine Embassy here in Qatar or in other countries, please share it here so that other people and the Philippine Government will know how the supposedly government servants are behaving!