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|BI never sleeps at NAIA|
19 May 2008
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is now primed up to meet the increasing volume of arriving and departing passengers as top of the officials of the bureau said the BI never sleeps at the airport.
BI Commissioner Marcelino Libanan today said “its all hands on deck now at the NAIA immigration counters, adding that additional personnel have been deployed to the airport in view of the reported increase in the number of tourists visiting the country. Libanan also announced that the bureau has upgraded its security system at the NAIA with the installation of 60 new closed-circuit television (CCTV) at the airport’s immigration areas.
“Even our immigration counters have been refurbished to provide better comfort to our immigration officers,” Libanan said, as he described the said frontline BI personnel as “our bureau’s heroes.”
He explained that the BI security system is being upgraded to meet international standards and link up with international police intelligence groups.
“The installation of CCTV in all the counters assure a 24-hour monitoring activities at the NAIA,” Libanan sadi, adding that the CCTV is linked with the BI central office where a 24-hour national operations center operates.
The BI chief also disclosed that all 82 immigration counters at the old and new terminals of the NAIA are now equipped with new computers and passport readers in compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“Our operation at the NAIA is now fully modernized, thus the the traveling public can now expect faster, better and efficient services from our BI personnel,” Libanan said, even as he thanked Budget Secretary for immediately approving his funding request for the BI’s modernization program not only at the NAIA but in the other subports nationwide.
He also bared that all 82 BI counters at the NAIA are now fully manned during peak hours to service passengers of all incoming and outbound flights, adding that the target processing time of 45 seconds per passenger is now being met to avoid the long queues passengers at the immigration area.
BI property officer John Tugade said the bureau just bought a total of 82 new computers and 98 passport readers at a cost of more than P80 million.
Tugade said 49 of the passport readers were installed at the NAIA while the rest will be dispersed to the provincial subports including Mactan, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, Laoag, and Tuguegarao. (BI News)