OVER 100 Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel will be deployed to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals and other major ports of the country within the next few months as a fresh batch of newly-recruited immigration officers started training this week at the Philippine Immigration Academy in Clark, Pampanga.
It was learned that the new employees who began their two-month training yesterday total 101, with the item of Immigration Officer I.
The trainees will be taught lessons on immigration laws, rules and procedures before they are made to undergo a month-long on-the-job training at the airport and main office following their stint at the academy.
According to BI Port Operations Division chief Marc Red Mariñas, the hiring of the new immigration officers could not have happened at a more opportune time as they would be deployed to the NAIA in time for the implementation of the government’s rationalization program at the premiere port.
“The rationalization scheme involves the shutdown of international flight operations at the NAIA 2 terminal, which will serve as Manila’s main domestic airport, and the operation of all international flights at the NAIA 1 and 3 terminals,” he said.
Mariñas added that personnel from the BI Management Information Systems Division office will soon begin installing additional work stations at the immigration arrival and departure areas of the NAIA 3 terminal, where the bulk of international flights at NAIA 1 will be relocated.
“This project will definitely entail additional manpower in our immigration counters in light of the projected influx of more international travelers, mostly tourists, into our country this year,” he said.
Mariñas also said that BI Commissioner Jaime Morente instructed the BI Center for Training and Research to administer written and oral tests to the trainees in order to ascertain if they are ready to become our country’s gatekeepers.
Morente said he wanted to ensure that before they are deployed to the ports, the trainees are adequately prepared and equipped with the knowledge and capability to perform their jobs as gatekeepers of the country.