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BI-NAIA biometrics system toughens airport security

  • Written by Willy M. Balasa
  • Published in Metro
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THE Bureau of Immigration is set to launch a state-of-the-art biometrics capture system for international travelers as part of its continued efforts to strengthen border security and thwart the entry of undesirable aliens.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that the project will involve the photo capture of all arriving and departing passengers when being processed at the immigration counters of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
   
He said the pictures will then be cross-checked with the photo database of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to find out if they match the pictures of any of the millions of wanted fugitives, terrorists, sex offenders, and holders of stolen passports from all over the world who are in the Interpol’s database.
   
Morente said that once the project becomes operational, the Philippines will be the first Southeast Asian country to be connected to the Interpol data system.
   
The Interpol had earlier provided the BI with a modern device called Mobile Interpol Network Database (MIND) where passengers could be checked for derogatory record by swiping their passports in a scanner.
   
The MIND devices which could store data on 65 million stolen lost travel documents (SLTD) and red notices from the Interpol’s 190 member-states, have been distributed to BI offices in the major airports and seaports of Manila, Davao, Cebu, Zamboanga.