Immigration commissioner Siegfred Mison assisting Justice Sec. Leila de Lima during the launch of the e-counter at NAIA 3. The electronic counter program aims to ease the long queue at immigration counters and expedite the profiling and documents verification of passengers. Photo by Raoul Esperas
MANILA - Expect shorter immigration counter lines at the airport as the Bureau of Immigration launched the first ever e-counter at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
Bureau of Immigration chief Siegfred Mison said the e-counter will not only help expedite the basic immigration passenger profiling and documents verification but will also shorten the queues for departing and arriving passengers.
Mison said the e- counter will eventually be linked with the records database of Interpol, National Bureau of immigration and the Department of Justice for easy verification of all incoming or outgoing passengers.
"The e-counter will help ease the queueing but it will also serve as the direct link to our counterpart with local and international enforcement and effective border control," Mison said.
Department of Justice Assistant Secretary Guillermo Sy also hailed the project.
"Technology is at hand and just like the application of an ATM card, any passenger can directly use the e- counter with utmost convenience," Sy said
Sy added that some 500 units will be installed at the NAIA terminals 1, 2, and 3. These are expected to address the lack of immigration personnel.
Airport general manager Jose Angel Honrado said the e-counters will benefit the travelling public.
Mison launched the electronic counter project on Wednesday, with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Justice Assistant Secretary Guilermo Sy, NAIA general manager Jose Angel Honrado and NAIA Terminal 3 manager Octavio Lina as principal guests.