After three months, I finally got my first government paycheck! The documents supporting its issuance got lost in bureaucratic mess and so my wages for July to September arrived before that of June. I had to storm the Personnel and Accounting Divisions (because apparently Pinoys still prefer personal interaction before actually doing something) and berate some people before the check was released. Hindi naman kalakihan ang halaga pero dugo’t pawis din yun no. Kalurkey.
I've been waiting for this tiny piece of paper for what feels like eons, so I had a chance to ruminate on its significance. Hehe.
From a legal perspective:
- Under the Negotiable Instruments Law, a check is a bill of exchange, one of the two forms of negotiable instruments. An instrument to be negotiable must contain an unconditional promise or order to pay a sum certain in money.
- An order or promise to pay out of a particular fund is not unconditional.
- This check is to be paid specifically out of Department of ______’s account.
- Therefore, not all checks are negotiable instruments.
From a practical perspective: Yahoo! May pangsurf na ako!
From other’s perspective: Congrats! and/or Get a life.