OVER 300 officers of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) began reporting to their new terminal assignments as at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday (Sunday) part of the agency’s continuing campaign to curb corruption among its personnel and in view of expected increase in passenger movement.
The deployment of more BI personnel at the premier airport was welcomed by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal, who said there is really a need to field more immigration inspectors after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it is considering to raise the daily cap on passenger arrivals.
Monreal also said that there are plans to reopen other airports to international travel and international travel is hoped to normalize early next year as the country continues to aggressively pursue its efforts to vaccinate the whole population and achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.
Monreal said that Atty. Carlos Capulong, BI acting port operations chief, disclosed that BI Commissioner Jaime Morente has approved his recommendation to implement the rotation scheme at the premiere port on October 3.
Capulong said the 341 BI officers to be rotated do not yet include the 99 newly-hired immigration inspectors who are still undergoing on-the-job training at the airport.
After the new recruits have finished their training, they, too, will be dispersed and deployed to the country’s major ports, he added.
“This will be the last rotation of our NAIA personnel this year as the next reshuffle will be implemented during the first quarter of 2022,” Capulong said.
It was learned that aside from BI officers manning NAIA’s immigration counters, the BI will also rotate the terminal assignments of 77 immigration supervisors assigned at the airport.
Earlier, Morente announced that the bureau is fast tracking the recruitment of nearly 200 new BI officers who will be deployed to the NAIA and other major ports early next year.