Solon envisions modernized, 'investor and tourist-friendly' BI

Published July 7, 2022, 2:03 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

4PS Party-list Rep. Marcelino “Nonoy” Libanan has re-filed the bill that seeks to reorganize and modernize the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

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As a member of the House of Representatives in the 11th, 12th and 13th Congresses and while as BI commissioner thereafter, he pushed for the passage the new immigration law.

Libanan explained that as the government agency in charge of controlling the entry and admissions of foreigners and migrants within our borders, it is crucial for the BI to be in tune with the modern times in the interest of national security and economic development.

He noted that the present immigration law is very restrictive.

The BI remains to be governed by Commonwealth Act No. 613 or otherwise known as the Philippine Immigration Act 1940–an 80-decade old legislation which has been outdated by the constant evolution of international migration.

In the proposed immigration law docketed as House Bill (HB) No.1069, the Philippine immigration policies, rules and regulations shall be applied and administered as instruments for the promotion of domestic and external interests of the Philippines in recognition of the necessity for encouraging and enhancing capital investments, trade and commerce, cultural exchanges and other forms of friendly relations and cooperation.

“We will transform the Bureau of Immigration into an investor and tourist-friendly office,” Libanan added.

Libanan hopes that a modernized BI will support the government’s program of ease in doing business in the Philippines that will further encourage more foreigners to invest and visit to our country, resulting in increased economic activities and business opportunities especially to our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

One of the key programs of the 4PS Party-list is to support the advancement and progress of livelihood opportunities of MSMEs in order to attain the sector’s social and economic prosperity.

“Hopefully, with a reinvigorated economy, less Filipinos will leave the country as overseas workers,” he concluded.