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BI launches “e-gates” for faceless transactions at NAIA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

 

PASAY CITY, the Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday (July 19) started the four-day random testing on actual passengers of its Electronic Gate System (E-Gate) project at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

This aims to fine-tune the program and the machines before its official launch on Monday (July 23).

BI Deputy Commissioner Tobias Javier the project is expected to relieve passengers of the hassle of queuing in manual counters as the machines would cut processing time of passengers from the present 45 seconds to just 8 to 15 seconds.

The electronic gates are provided with modern security features such as facial recognition, biometric scanning, barcode reading, and smart card recognition which will help immigration officers to detect passengers with derogatory records as well as those who are in the immigration blacklist, watch list and hold departure list.

BI, however, explained that the electronic counters are initially open for Filipino passengers with machine-readable passports (MRP). Meanwhile, senior citizens in wheelchairs and other handicapped travelers and children will still have to go through the regular counters.

A total of 11 e-gates will be installed at NAIA Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The other five will be installed at the Mactan international airport in Cebu; three at the Clark international airport in Pampanga; and two at the Davao International Airport before the year ends. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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Bad weather crash-lands Chinese plane at NAIA, no injuries reported

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800

 

MANILA, Philippines –Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash-landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Thursday night (August 16), prompting flight cancellations and temporary closure of Runway 6/24.

Flight MF8667 was at the conclusion of its two-and-a-half-hour flight from Xiamen City, China when it skidded off the side of the runway as the jet attempted to land in heavy thunderstorms

The crew immediately initiated emergency evacuation procedures to alight all 157 passengers and eight crew on board.

No injuries were reported.

The incident prompted several flight cancellations.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) advises passengers to check on NAIA for flight information and adjustments. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

 

CANCELED FLIGHTS (AS OF 7:22 AM August 17, 2018):

EY 421 MNL- Abu Dhabi 2336H

SV 871 MNL – Jeddah 1810H

HX 781 HONG KONG-MNL 2300H

PR 453 MNL-GES 0715H

PR 454 GES-MNL 1215H

PR 1845 MNL-CEB 0655H

PR 1846 CEB-MNL 1010H

PR 432 MNL-TOKYO 1440H

CX 908 MNL-Hong Kong 0600H

CX 912 MNL – Hong Kong 0825H

CX 907 Hong Kong – MNL 0940H

CX 906 MNL- Hong Kong 1050H

CX 901 Hong Kong – MNL 1125H

CX 900 MNL – Hong Kong 1235H

5J 272 MNL- Hong Kong 0600H

5J 273 Hong Kong – MNL 1200H

5J 5054 MN – Hong Kong 0615H

5J 5055 NARITA – MNL 1720H

5J 929 MNL-BANGKOK 0615H

5J 930 Bangkok – MNL 1445H

5J 110 MNL-Hong Kong 0735H

5J 111 Hong Kong- MNL 1400H

 

DIVERTED FLIGHTS:

PR 105 SAN FRANCISCO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CEBU

PR 103 LOS ANGELES – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

PR 117 VANCOUVER – MNL – DIVERTED TO CEBU

PR 115 SAN FRANCISCO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

PR 119 TORONTO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

 

AIRLINE CODE Guide:

EY Etihad Airways

SV – SAUDIA AIRLINES

HX – HONGKONG AIRLINES

PR – PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

CX – CATHAY PACIFIC

5J – CEBU PACIFIC

 

NAIA CONTACT NUMBERS

Terminal 1 (8771109 loc 765 and 2852)

Terminal 2 (8771109 loc 2882 and 2880)

Terminal 4 (8771109 loc 4226)

Terminal 3 (8777888 loc 8144 and 8146)

NAIA Hotline 8771111

 

 

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BI puts Aussie Nun Patricia Fox on blacklist, orders deportation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday (July 19) ordered Australian Missionary, Patricia Fox, to leave the country.

Aside from the deportation order, the BI also put Fox on the agency’s “blacklist, thus barring her re-entry into the country”.

The Immigration Bureau said the Aussie nun violated the terms of her missionary visa.

Fox’s legal counsel Maria Sol Taule in a post on Facebook said the Australian missionary “does not deserve this kind of persecution.”

Taule said Sister Patricia is likely to appeal the decision.

“We will face and fight this case in all avenues and exhaust the remedies available to us,” she said.

The 71-year-old missionary has lived in the Philippines for nearly three decades. Her deportation issues came after President Rodrigo Duterte accused her of disorderly conduct by joining anti-government rallies, which her camp denied. – Marje Pelayo

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BI ready to impose expulsion order vs. Aussie missionary Patricia Fox

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) insists that its decision to forfeit the missionary visa of Australian nun Patricia Fox is final and executory.

The agency added that it is ready to implement the expulsion order anytime for Fox’s immediate departure.

“The motion for reconsideration is final and executory. So she has to leave the country by the date set doon sa (in the) order,” said Sandoval.

Nevertheless, Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said they will wait for the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Fox’s appeal.

The Aussie nun’s legal counsel previously said that they will exert all legal remedies to appeal to the DOJ and petition for a review of the BI’s decision.

Malacañang, through Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, said it respects the BI’s decision to forfeit Fox’s visa as it is required by the law. – Rosalie Coz |UNTV News & Rescue

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