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More BI men deployed for Holy Week

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is deploying an additional 170 immigration officers to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other international airports in an effort to address the problem of long passenger queues in immigration counters at the airports as the Holy Week holiday break approaches.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente has issued a memorandum order directing 150 immigration officers currently assigned at the bureau’s main office and other field offices nationwide to immediately report to the NAIA and assist in the immigration processing of arriving and departing international travelers.

Morente said that 20 other immigration officers will be fielded to the busy BI field offices in Clark, Davao, Aklan and Cebu to augment the number of BI personnel assigned in the said airports.

“With the fielding of these additional immigration officers, we are confident that these long queues in our counters will be lessened so as not to inconvenience travelers who are going on vacation here and abroad for the Lenten and Eastern season,” Morente said. (Jun Ramirez)