Immigration bureau warns against job offers on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019   •   344

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public against job offers circulating on social media, especially on Facebook.

“Do not deal with unlicensed recruiters as they cannot guarantee your safety, good working conditions, and salaries according to industry standards,” according to Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente.

The BI said a group of women was apprehended at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Sunday (November 17).

Morente said they posed as tourists going to Singapore and Malaysia but were really victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment.

The immigration bureau also reported they were recruited by a syndicate using Facebook and other social media networking sites to work as household service workers in Dubai.

The immigration chief said not to apply in unlicensed recruiters.

“Chances are you will be intercepted at our ports if you avail the services of fraudsters and illegal recruiters,” Morente said. —AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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PH Immigration deports 10 more illegal aliens

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it has deported 10 more illegal aliens detained at its warden facility in Taguig City.

In a statement, the BI said the 10 foreigners include eight Chinese nationals and two Mongolians.

They departed from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via separate flights bound for China last June 19, 24 and 25.

“All of them have been placed on the immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens upon orders of our board of commissioners. Thus, they are now banned from re-entering the Philippines,” BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said.

It was learned that five of the Chinese deportees are wanted in their country for economic crimes due to their involvement in illegal online gaming operations and telecom fraud.

The three other Chinese nationals were deported for overstaying and committing fraud and misrepresentation, while the two Mongolians are alleged female sex workers caught in one of the raids of prostitution dens in Metro Manila last year.

According to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the deportation was carried out as part of the bureau’s efforts to decongest and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at its detention facility located in Camp Bagong Diwa.

“We will continue to send home these foreign inmates once they have been issued deportation orders and provided they have no pending criminal cases in court,” Morente said.

“We are doing this to safeguard the health not only of the foreign detainees but also that of our personnel assigned to our warden facility,” he added.

The BI earlier reported it had deported seven Chinese nationals who are facing charges for economic crimes and illegal black sand mining.

Immigration bureau requires employees to undergo COVID-19 test

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said it has ordered all its employees to undergo rapid tests for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the directive covers all 3,000 officials and employees of the bureau nationwide.

“We have decided to make these tests compulsory for all our personnel to further safeguard the health of our employees and the people who transact business in our offices due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country,” he said.

Immigration employees who will refuse to take the test will not be allowed to work, he added.

BI staff assigned in different immigration field offices and subports outside Metro Manila are likewise instructed to coordinate with the local government units in their respective areas for the conduct of free COVID-19 tests for frontliners.

As an added precautionary measure, Morente said that all accredited liaison officers and representatives of travel agencies and law offices transacting at the bureau to undergo the said tests or they will not be allowed entry into the bureau’s premises.

The BI said the mandatory tests for its employees started Wednesday at their main building in Intramuros and the activity was done with the help of the Manila city government which dispatched a team of frontliners from the city health office to conduct the tests.

The directive comes after the bureau on Monday closed its main office for disinfection after one of its employees contracted coronavirus.

The bureau’s medical section has previously conducted several mass rapid tests at the bureau’s main office, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Clark Airport and its detention facility in Taguig City but these were all voluntary.

According to BI Acting Spokesman Melvin Mabulac, only about a third of the bureau’s 3,157 employees voluntarily took part in the previous rapid tests conducted by the bureau’s medical team.

Mabulac also said that another round of tests for BI-NAIA personnel and those of the bureau’s satellite and extension offices in the capital will be conducted in the next few days.

PH Immigration bureau closes main office after employee contracts COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday said it has suspended the operations of its main office for disinfection and sanitation after one of its employees tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to BI acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac, the employee was among its personnel who underwent rapid antibody test conducted at the main office last week.

“He initially tested positive in the rapid test conducted last June 2 so he was subjected to a confirmatory swab test. The test result showing he has the virus came out last Saturday,” Mabulac said in a statement.

He added that the employee’s officemates were already directed to undergo mandatory tests to determine if they, too, have acquired the virus.

“We assure the public that our main office will be back in business as soon as we have finished disinfecting our building. Please wait for further announcements,” Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente said in the same statement.

Morente also advised those who have secured slots via the bureau’s newly-launched online appointment system to defer their transaction as they will be notified later about the new schedule of their appointments.

He also advised concerned parties to visit the BI’s website at immigration.gov.ph where important advisories and announcements are regularly posted.

Other BI satellite and extension offices in Metro Manila remain open for business this Monday, he added.

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