Will it work? BI replaces all officers at NAIA to stop corruption

Published May 11, 2021, 3:23 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered a revamp of all officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in a bid to end corruption among its personnel at the country’s premier port.

(Photo from Philippine News Agency)

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said 356 frontliners manning booths and assigned at various terminals will be affected by the reshuffle, which will be implemented on May 14.

He said the rotation program will be carried out every three months to stop fraternization among personnel, which is the source of corruption.

Some senators have criticized the agency for its alleged inability to stop the exit of human trafficking victims and the entry of undesirable aliens at local airports.

The BI management has said that it has either fired or suspended those implicated in the racket.

Records showed that a total of 130 human trafficking victims have been rescued at local airports since September last year after agency operatives halted them from boarding their flights.

BI port operations chief Carlos Capulong said the rotation provides every immigration officer the opportunity to improve his knowledge and skills as border control officer.

He said that it would also give them the chance to divide the workload equally among themselves.