BI augments manpower at NAIA ahead of holiday surge

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2020   •   525

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is augmenting its manpower at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) this December in view of the expected influx of travelers during the holiday season.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente directed immigration officers assigned at the bureau’s main office and other satellite, extension and field offices in Metro Manila to be deployed at NAIA to render primary inspection duties at the airport’s immigration arrival and departure counters.

“This is a temporary measure that we are taking proactively,” Morente said.

“While we do not expect a major rise in the number of travelers this holiday season, we’d rather err on the side of caution and beef up our deployment,” he added.

The directive comes after the recent update on international travel restrictions by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) which again allowed the visa free entry of balikbayans.

Immigration officers presently assigned at BI offices in Metro Manila are required to comply with the directive.

This order exempts division and section chiefs, seniors and those suffering from serious illnesses.

BI port operations division chief Atty. Candy Tan said she sought the augmentation of immigration personnel at NAIA in anticipation of a slight increase in the number of international flights and volume of passengers in the coming weeks despite travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

P6.5 million worth of Ecstasy pills seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – A shipment of ecstasy tablets from Germany was seized at the Central Mail Exchange in Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said the illegal drugs confiscated on Wednesday was estimated to have a market value of P6,570,500.00.

The operation was conducted by the bureau’s operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

Initial examination of the parcel revealed two improvised pouches, which contained a total of 3,865 hexagon tablets and skull tablets later confirmed as ecstasy tablets.

“The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of PDEA for case profiling and build up against persons responsible,” the BOC said.

Individuals behind the shipment may face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002 (Republic Act No. 9165) in relation to Section 119 (Restricted Importation) and Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), it added.

 

NAIA ops resume after lowering of lightning red alert to yellow

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have resumed after PAGASA lowered the lightning red alert status to yellow.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), flight and ground activities at the NAIA reopened after the state weather bureau determined that thunderstorms no longer pose a threat to its operations.

PAGASA has categorized Maring into a severe tropical storm. According to its 2 p.m. bulletin, the weather disturbance continues to accelerate closer to the Babuyan Islands.

Based on current forecast STS Maring will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning (October 12). Outside the PAR, Maring will continue moving westward over the West Philippine Sea until it makes landfall in the vicinity of Hainan Island in China on Wednesday morning or afternoon (October 13). AAC

Immigration bureau reshuffles 341 NAIA personnel to curb corruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reshuffled 341 personnel of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

These personnel will be reporting to their new terminal assignments as part of the agency’s continuing campaign to curb corruption.

Aside from BI officers manning NAIA’s immigration counters, the agency will also rotate the terminal assignments of 77 immigration supervisors assigned at the airport.

BI acting port operations chief Carlos Capulong said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has approved the  implementation of the rotation scheme at the premiere port on October 3.

“This will be the last rotation of our NAIA personnel this year as the next reshuffle will be implemented during the first quarter of 2022,” Capulong said.

Morente previously announced that the Bureau is fast tracking the recruitment of nearly 200 new BI officers who will be deployed to NAIA and other major ports early next year.

This is in response to the need of the agency to field more immigration inspectors after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it was considering to raise the daily cap on passenger arrival, and reopen other airports to international travel. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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