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BI sends out more staff to support airport operations

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Friday that it would increase the number of employees responsible for performing the first checks of foreign visitors coming into and leaving the nation’s busiest port.

63 newly hired immigration agents will be stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, according to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente (NAIA).

The staff’s month-long training on immigration laws, rules, and procedures at the Philippine Immigration Academy in Clark, Pampanga, is scheduled to end next week.

He stated in a statement, “We are optimistic that the deployment of these new immigration inspectors will assist address the enduring problem of manpower of BI officers.

Among the 195 new hires at the bureau are 63 people.

Following this July’s deployment of the first group of trainees, the next group of new BI officers will start their training at the academy.

The employment and deployment of the new immigration officers, according to acting BI port operations chief Carlos Capulong, is extremely timely given the daily increase in the number of travelers entering and leaving the nation.

When the Philippines reopened its borders to international tourists, he claimed, the volume jumped to 17,000 to 20,000 arrivals per day from an average daily arrival of about 4,000 to 5,000 travelers.

As the travel and tourism sector continues to recover from the negative effects of the epidemic, “we predict a further upswing in our passenger arrivals and departures in the following weeks,” Capulong added.

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