BI reshuffles 400 NAIA officers to curb corruption

Published May 23, 2022, 12:38 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reshuffled nearly 400 personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as part of continuing efforts to minimize fraternization, which the bureau said, leads to corruption oftentimes.

BI port operations chief Carlos Capulong said the revamp affected a total of 398 immigration officers rendering primary inspection duties at the premiere port.

He said it was the second major personnel changes this year, the first one happened in March.

Capulong explained that the move aims to prevent fraternization among immigration officers that lead to under-the-deals among personnel and clientele.

He added that aside from BI officers manning the NAIA’s immigration counters, the bureau has been conducting daily rotation of terminal assignments of more than 80 immigration supervisors.

Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that the BI is set to begin training 195 newly-hired immigration officers.

Morente said the new employees, whose appointments were signed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, will start their training program on immigration laws, rules and procedures at the BI academy in Clark, Pampanga.

The BI chief welcomed the appointment of the new BI inspectors as it will augment the number of personnel at the country’s international ports.

“We expect these new officers to assume their duties this September and their deployment will definitely solve our perennial problem of lack of manpower in our airports,” Morente said.