by Maris Federez | Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) operations in major airports are now back to normal following the surge in the volume of passengers during the Holy Week break and the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit the Central Luzon on April 22.
This was announced by Bi port operations division chief Grifton Medina on Sunday (April 28), adding that the agency’s operations in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Clark International Airport (CIA) have already normalized.
“Immigration operations at Clark airport are now back to normal after we resumed full operation on Wednesday following the closure due to earthquake damage,” Medina added.
The BI official also reported that they were able to effectively managed the influx of passengers, including the ones diverted from the CIA, because of the implementation of the personnel augmentation scheme, and the fully functional electronic gates at the airports.
“I’d like to commend our immigration officers in the frontlines for maintaining vigilance and professionalism during the past weeks. Rest assured that we will strive to be a more efficient bureau in the coming years,” he added.
Mediana further said that the immigration officers who were part of the augmentation scheme are now back to the BI main office and other immigration field and satellite offices.
Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that he has ordered the collection of in-kind donations from their employees for the recent earthquake victims.
He said the BI offices in Clark and Angeles will serve as the repository of donations from employees. He had also sent several bureau personnel to assist in the relief efforts.
“We have likewise sent men to assist in the relief efforts. We will be extending help wherever possible,” he noted. –Maris Federez
by Maris Federez | Posted on Saturday, April 6th, 2019
The Bureau of Immigration has clarified aspects of the law governing foreign workers in the country.
Under immigration law, foreigners are allowed to work in the Philippines to up to five years thru the issuance of an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).
Special Working Permits, on the other hand, are issued to foreigners who work in the country between three and six months.
The BI, however, said that a special or provisional work permit is never given to any foreign individual who wishes to work in the Philippines as construction worker, domestic helper, carpenter, janitor, waiter, or any job that doesn’t need technical skills.
“We’re conducting an investigation in the influx of foreign nationals here in the Philippines and iyong mga reports po na mga possible illegal workers na nagpupunta po dito. So, hindi po natin masabi na ito ay mga sindikato o ito po ay mga grupo lamang ng mga foreign nationals [and on the reports of possible illegal workers who visit the country. So, we are not yet certain whether they are members of a syndicate or a group of foreign nationals] who plan on not following the law so we are looking into that,” said BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval.
Even professional foreigners who seek jobs that are under the administration of the Professional Regulation Commission are still not readily given special work permits unless the Commission is the one who requests for such permit.
This is to ensure that Filipinos are not being robbed of jobs whenever foreign nationals are employed in the Philippines.
Foreign nationals who violate these rules will either face deportation proceedings, be blacklisted or will never be allowed re-entry to the country.
Even private companies who coddle erring foreign workers will also suffer the same fate.
“They are liable under the Philippine Immigration Act because that’s essentially harboring illegal aliens kung sila po ay nageemploy ng mga foreign nationals na walang kaukulang permits [when they employ foreign nationals who do not have the necessary documents],” Sandoval added.
According to BI data, more than 600 illegal foreign workers had been deported in 2018. – Maris Federez (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018
FILE PHOTO | PVI/Marlon Briola
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred more than 28,000 travelers from leaving the country in the last 10 months in line with its crackdown against human trafficking.
On its website, the BI through Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the agency has prevented a total of 28, 467 passengers to board their flights from January to October this year because of their failure to secure the necessary documents required for overseas-bound passengers.
Of the said number, the Bi said, a total of 23,239 were stopped at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The rest were stopped in other international airports in Mactan, Clark, Iloilo, Kalibo, and Davao.
Among the cases the BI encountered were age misrepresentation, fraudulent documents, and illegal job recruitment.
BI Commissioners Jaime Morente, meanwhile, lauded the efforts of port personnel in support of the agency’s campaign against human trafficking.
Morente noted that with the vigilance of their personnel and partners, the country remains at Tier 1 in ratings of the US State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report which means that the Philippine government has shown ‘appreciable progress’ against human trafficking. – Marje Pelayo
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