By Ariel Fernandez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will remain on skeletal deployment following the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine ECQ until the end of April.
‘We will continue our skeletal deployment in compliance with the directives from Malacanang to be able to ensure that we practice social distancing and lessen the risks of further spreading the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
“We have scaled down our operations significantly following the closure of many international airports as well as quarantine measures being implemented in the country,” he added.
Morente advised foreign nationals who chose to remain in the country to stay indoors during the quarantine period.
“Should your visas expire during the ECQ, you may opt to file for your extension 30 days after the lifting of the quarantine period. No penalties will be charged,” assured Morente.
“Please stay at home. Let us all follow the restrictions being imposed by the government to be able to defeat this virus,” he said.