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Modernization a priority for BI –Tansingco

September 18, 2022 Hector Lawas 374 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) welcomed on Thursday Norman G. Tansingco as its new Commissioner.

Tansingco, who took his oath of office before Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla that morning, vowed to implement many reforms to improve the services of the bureau.

The BI is an attached agency of the Department of Justice.

“We are looking at ways to modernize the bureau, both in terms of technologies and of services,” said Tansingco.

Upon assumption, Tansingco immediately proceeded to work and conducted ocular inspections at its main office and at its frontline operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Tansingco is the first appointed Commissioner that came from the ranks. He worked at the BI from 2007 to 2017, holding several key posts including Chief of Staff and technical assistant of the Office of the Commissioner, and as a lawyer of the BI Board of Special Inquiry.

He is a certified public accountant, and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1991.

“We are looking into ways of modernizing the Bureau through e-services and man-less transactions. Not only will this up the level of the agency, but it will also serve as a major deterrent for illicit activities by removing opportunities for corruption,” said Tansingco. “We will also be pushing for the new immigration law that will update the 82-year-old Philippine immigration act to ensure that we adapt to modern times,” he added.