According to an online report by the Manila Bulletin, over 100 immigration officers from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports across the country have recently been given new assignments. This, of course, is an attempt to improve the services for both local and foreign travelers. In the past, NAIA and other airports in the country has been plagued with negative reputation because of corruption issues.
Jaime Morente, Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said that the changes were immediately implemented as a step toward President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders to eliminate familiarization in the operating units. Besides, reports confirm that too much familiarity among employees has always been one of the reasons for corruption within government agencies.
The BI chief said that more than a half of the reassigned personnel were stationed at NAIA’s 3 terminals. New immigration head supervisors were also designated plus other officers were assigned to head key units of the main office and support offices.
Retired police general Charles Calima Jr. has been appointed as the new acting chief of the BI intelligence division. Meanwhile, lawyer Jose Carlitos Licas was placed at the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU), a unit that serves under the intelligence division.
Lawyer Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI spokesperson, shared that “the restructuring and streamlining of the bureau’s intelligence and enforcement units was prioritized to serve notice to illegal aliens and foreign criminals that their days are numbered.”
Mangrobang revealed that the BI will likewise increase its efforts against illegal aliens to follow President Duterte’s orders to all law enforcement agencies in the country to join the fight against illegal drug syndicates. Most reports tell us that many of the drug syndicates in the country are run by foreigners.
Good luck to BI as they work together in improving their system and services.