BI deploys 67 immigration officers to NAIA

Published July 16, 2019, 12:05 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deployed 67 newly-hired immigration officers to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to further enhance its services to the traveling public.

MB FILE - Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the new employees assumed their posts this week after completing their three-month training of immigration laws, rules, and procedures at the Philippine Immigration Academy in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga.

“These fresh recruits underwent rigorous training to thoroughly prepare them for their job as gatekeepers and border control officers of the country, ” the BI chief said.

He added that the BI plans to hire more immigration officers for deployment to other major ports and border crossing stations.

Morente said the agency will continue to augment its manpower in order to improve services and address the problem of long passenger queues and congestion in the airports.

He stressed that prior to deploying the new employees to the ports, they have to make sure that they are “properly trained and mentally equipped to perform their jobs as immigration inspectors”.

He stated that being an immigration officer “is not an easy job, as it is highly technical and requires a deep understanding of laws”.

Since Morente assumed his post three years ago, the BI has already hired more than 300 immigration officers to beef up its manpower in international ports nationwide.

The bureau was obliged to step up its recruitment of new employees to cope with the increasing volume of international passengers and bolster its capability to thwart the entry of unwanted aliens into the country.

Immigration officers are also in the frontlines of the government’s campaign to combat human trafficking in the ports, and they share credit for the Philippines being in the top list of the US government’s trafficking index for the past four years.

Aside from augmenting its manpower, the BI was also successful in reducing the long passenger queues at NAIA by launching its e-gates project for Filipino travelers last year.