BI main building closes again for disinfection after 3 staffers contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 27, 2020   •   358

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that its main office building in Intramuros, Manila will be closed again for disinfection on Monday (July 27) and Tuesday (July 28).

This, after three employees of the agency tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that during the two-day suspension of operations, all BI employees at the main office will be required to undergo rapid antibody tests and that those with positive results will be subjected to confirmatory swab tests for the virus.

The official added that all officials and employees at the main office be made to undergo rapid testing every month as recommended by BI COVID-19 Task Force Chair Deputy Commissioner Aldwin Alegre.

“Given the high number of people who troop to our main building everyday to transact business, we have to take all precautionary measures to prevent the transmission of this virus in our office premises,” Morente said.

The BI Chief added that periodic disinfection of the building’s premises will be conducted to help prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

Phl extends travel ban; allows aliens with travel exemption

Marje Pelayo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has announced that foreigners who were given entry documents prior to the implementation of last month’s travel ban may now enter the country.

In an advisory issued by the Bureau, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said foreigners with entry exemption documents issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) before March 22 are now allowed to enter the country amid an extension of travel restrictions to April 30.

The revised rule is pursuant to the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Morente said other foreign nationals are still prohibited from entering the Philippines and that the Balikbayan privilege for former Filipinos remains suspended.

“The foreign parents, spouse, and children of Filipinos may enter the country, provided they are traveling with the Filipino principal, and have a valid entry visa,” he said on Sunday (April 18).

Based on the IATF’s policy, aliens with valid entry visas currently allowed to enter the country include:

* Diplomats and members of international organizations with valid 9(e) or 47(a) (2) visas;
* Those involved in medical repatriation endorsed by the DFA and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); and
* Seafarers with 9(c) visa for crew change; and (4) those with emergency, humanitarian and analogous cases approved by the chairperson of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) or his authorized representative.

Morente said travel exemptions are without prejudice to the mandate of the BI to conduct strict screening and formalities on all arriving foreigners.

Mandaluyong City closes vaccination sites for disinfection

Marje Pelayo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Mandaluyong City government has announced the temporary closure of some of the city’s vaccination sites for disinfection.

These include the Andres Bonifacio Integrated School, the Isaac Lopez Integrated School, the Hulo Integrated School, and the Pedro P. Cruz Elementary School.

The temporary suspension of operations starts Thursday (April 15) and ends on Friday (April 16).

For updates on the resumption of operations in the said vaccination sites, Mandaluyong City constituents are encouraged to visit the city government’s official Facebook page @mandaluyongpio.

Aliens not traveling with Filipino kin not allowed to enter PH during travel ban — BI

Marje Pelayo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday (April 8) announced anew that foreign parents, spouses and children of Filipino citizens cannot enter the Philippines if they are not traveling with the latter.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reiterated that said existing guidelines on international travel set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) do not allow the entry of foreign parents, spouses, and children of Filipinos if they are traveling alone.

Also, said foreigners should possess valid visas secured in the country’s foreign posts abroad to be able to enter the country.

Morente added that the Balikbayan privilege, which allows the visa-free entry of foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, remains suspended.

The reminder was issued following reports that a handful of aliens were denied at the airports for attempting to enter the country without their Filipino spouse, children, or parent.

Morente stressed that airlines are directed to ensure that only foreigners eligible to enter the country during the implementation of the travel restrictions are allowed to board their Philippine-bound flights.

The Philippines reimposed a ban on the entry of foreigners last month amid the resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The ban, which started last March 22, remains in effect until April 21.

Aside from prohibiting the entry of foreigners, the IATF also ordered a reduction in the number of inbound international travelers to only 1,500 a day.

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