Palace allows Immigration bureau to use express lane revenues for pay hike

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 01 2019 12:55 PM

MANILA - Malacañang has allowed the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to use its revenues from express lane fees and other charges for the salary increase of its personnel.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, through Memorandum Order No. 39, directs the BI to use express lane fees and other charges to supplement the pay of its employees following the expiration of President Rodrigo Duterte's 2018 order on the matter.

Medialdea signed the order on Sept. 27 but was only made public Tuesday.

The system aims to address the need to augment salaries of immigration personnel given that Congress has yet to pass a law to address their pay woes, Medialdea said.

It can be recalled that in 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte barred the BI from using express lane fees as compensation for overtime hours rendered by Immigration officers, and pay the salary of contractual and job-order employees.

He directed the BI to instead remit the fees to the national treasury as part of its income.

Following appeals from Immigration officers, Duterte later allowed the use of income from express lane fees to pay for the salaries and overtime pay of BI employees for 2018.