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BI closes main office due to COVID-19 case

 

BY JUN RAMIREZ

 

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THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) closed Monday its main office in Intramuros, Manila and suspended operations as it will undergo disinfection after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered the bureau’s general services section to immediately conduct the disinfection and sanitize all offices inside the BI main building.

“We have decided to temporarily close our main office to protect not only our employees but that of the transacting public as well against this deadly virus,” the BI chief said in a statement.

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

“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,” Morente said.

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

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