My story starts at around 7:30 am; Me and Arlene arrived at Ynares Center, the venue for Rizal Public Employees to register for G-W@ps (GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System). There were almost 300+ people now on line; we heard that some of them are at the starting line as early as 1:00 am! (Whoa!! I’m still dreaming of Britney Spears that time!).
So we find ourselvesÂ some seats and just wait for the queue to move on. From there where we meet the lively group of Councilor Bonna Aquino of Rodriguez Rizal, with Councilor Jimlet Dulla of Montalban and their secretary (Oops forgot her name, sorry).They told us that they should have a special lane for Public Officials, but due to some major problems the day before, the GSIS personnel stamped-out that special privilege.
There is a sign on the post that says they would only entertain 400 persons that day. Unaware if we belong to that 400, and because there is now some minor disorder from the line, (due to the PASAWAYS!!!) Councilor Jimlet decided one clever move, and that is to put a number on one hand of every person, so that we know (lalo yung mga nasa huli) if we were indeed included in that 400. Some welcome/agreed to the action of Councilor Jimlet while other just blubber! (papansin pala yang konsehal na yan eh! says one woman who disagree). But for most of usÂ (na nasa hulihan) we feel somehow a sense of relief knowing that we are included. And we thought it was one great lead in behalf of Councilor Jimlet! Mabuhay po Kayo!!!
So the saga continues. Past 12noon, people now have just eaten their lunch, some are taking naps, others talking (chismisan), others reading and Yes! The Group of Bonna and Jimlet found a way to ease out the boringness of the place, by playing Scrabble which they brought outside when they took their lunch. (I guess they’ve played innumerable sets before they got in)
Time past, there are still people popping-out and joining the line, they would like to take the chance even if they’re over the quota. Our batch (the most number of pasaways) is still in clutter (singit dito, singit doon). I remember one time, when we almost lost our seats because of two newbies that suddenly just came out of nowhere and took their seats which obviously were not theirs.
Around 5:15pm, after consuming (several mineral water, hotdog, Nestea, fried chicken, mango shake, Boy Bawang, Taquitos, Munchers, biscuit, etc..) on the line. Our group were finally called inside the venue. As usual (singitan pa rin, haaaayyyyy).
It took only 5 – 7 minutes/person for the (updating of GSIS ECARD, taking of photos for the I.D. and scanning of fingers). Time check it’s 6:30pm Ahhhhhh 11 HOURS of grueling experience! After that we sign-up to the list which is the last part and then bid goodbyes to the remaining PASAWAYS!
Lessons of the story:
I think if we go to the venue at around 4-5pm, it would be much easier, because the line is short, not much people, and the weather is not that hot.
And if only GSIS Guards just gave out individual numbers to everyone just like in banks; I guess the line will be very much in order and tranquil. 😀