By Jun Ramirez
Senior immigration officer Grifton Medina has assumed his duties as port operations division (POD) chief of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Medina, concurrently BI chief personnel officer, was earlier appointed by Justice Secretary MenardoGuevarra to occupy the post vacated by Marc Red Mariñas who is running for mayor of Muntinlupa City.
Mariñas formally turned over his post to Medina in simple ceremonies held at the POD office, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 3 terminal.
In his speech, Medina vowed to continue the reforms that Mariñas instituted to improve the bureau’s services to the traveling public at NAIA and other ports of entry throughout the country.
Medina said the policies and programs that Mariñas implemented will continue to be pursued under his watch as he praised the latter for successfully steering the POD in discharging its function as gatekeeper of the country’s ports.
The new BI-POD chief, however, warned that he will be very strict in enforcing the bureau’s rules and regulations against erring port personnel.
He said BI port personnel who are habitually absent and late in reporting for duty will be disciplined and required to undergo retraining.
Medina also instructed immigration officers in different ports to remain vigilant in thwarting the entry of undesirable aliens and in preventing the departure of human trafficking and illegal recruitment victims.