MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has doubled their immigration personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to address the increasing number of tourists entering and exiting the main gateway of the country.
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said there are 20 immigration officers who got hired or promoted to permanent positions.
David said the 20 selected officers went through a rigid screening process such as written exam, panel interview. They also underwent a month-long training at the agency's academy in Clark Field, Pampanga.
"We want to make sure that the employees we hire and promote are the best and brightest so that we can finally attain our vision of highly competent and professionalized rank and file in the bureau," David said.
Furthermore, David shared that the BI is still screening more applicants “as there are no longer enough employees who can be assigned to man the immigration arrival and departure counters at the airports.”
"These perennial complaints of long queues in our immigration counters will be solved only if we triple the number of our personnel at the airports," he said.
David said the BI only has about 1,100 organic employees and some 400 contractual confidential agents.
David said half of these employees are assigned at the main office, airports and extension offices in Metro Manila. The rest are “thinly dispersed” to BI field offices and sub-ports nationwide.