By Jeffrey Damicog
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to implement within the month the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).
“Target date for its full operation is by next week,” said Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete, who has supervision over the BI.
At the moment, the DOJ spokesman said the bureau is talking with the airline companies for the implementation of the APIS.
“BI is now concluding discussions with the different airlines for the protocols and logistical arrangements for the Advanced Passenger Information System to be fully operational,” he said.
Perete noted that “the system requirements for APIS have already been procured by BI.”
The spokesman said these include hardware, software, and even the manpower requirement.
The BI previously said that with the APIS in place it will be able to know who are aboard planes even before arriving in the Philippines.
Because of this, the BI can also check which passengers have derogatory records and those who are blacklisted.
The system will also lessen the long queues at the immigration counters at the airports.
The APIS is already being implemented in other countries like the United States.