MANILA A total of 101 new personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will be deployed to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other major ports within the next few months.
In a statement issued Monday, BI chief personnel officer Grifton Medina noted that the fresh batch of newly-recruited immigration officers will be deployed after completing their two-month training which started this week.
He added that the new employees, with the item Immigration Officer I, began training on Monday at the Philippine Immigration Academy in Clark, Pampanga, where they will be taught lessons on immigration laws, rules and procedures.
After their training, the BI official said the employees will still undergo a month-long on-the-job training at the airport and main office.
On the other hand, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reminded Medina to ensure that the newly-hired Immigration Officers are ready for their jobs.
Be sure that before they are deployed to the ports they are adequately prepared and equipped with the knowledge and capability to perform their jobs as gatekeepers of the country, he said.
Likewise, Morente instructed the BI Center for Training and Research headed by Ronaldo Ledesma and Supervisor Administrative Officer Thelma Guiritan to administer written and oral tests to the trainees in order to ascertain if they are ready to become our country's gatekeepers.
On the other hand, BI port operations division chief Marc Red MariAas said the hiring of the new immigration officers is very timely as they would be deployed to the NAIA in time for the implementation of the government's rationalization program at the premiere port.
The rationalization scheme involves the shutdown of international flight operations at the NAIA 2 terminal, which will serve as Manila's main domestic airport, and the operation of all international flights at the NAIA 1 and 3 terminals.
MariAas said personnel from the BI management information systems division office will soon begin installing additional workstations at the immigration arrival and departure areas of the NAIA 3 terminal where the bulk of international flights at NAIA 1 will be relocated.
This project will definitely entail additional manpower in our immigration counters in light of the projected influx of more international travelers, mostly tourists, into our country this year, he added.
Source: Philippine News Agency