THE Bureau of Immigration (BI), in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) organized the launch event of the first meeting of the Southeast Asia Regional Informal Working Group (IWG) on Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) and other data collected from air and maritime passengers.
The launch event commenced the two-day forum which started last December 6, and was attended by around 100 delegates representing law enforcement, civil aviation, and counter-terrorism agencies from over 10 countries and member states.
The IWG aims to provide each participant with a comprehensive overview of what it takes to build national API and PNR systems and associated Passenger Information Units (PIUs).
API and PNR data contain information on travelers before departure and upon booking of their ticket, and contains personal details such as passport information, addresses, and contact details.
The said data are integral in the BI’s advance passenger information system (APIS), wherein advance data are set to be received by the BI for prior vetting and trends analysis, to be used in better border management.
BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco highlighted the goal to have a shared understanding among member states regarding the utilization of API and PNR data and to provide a platform for peer-to-peer support, fostering mutual learning among the states.