BI to open 3 more field offices in Pasay, Rizal and Laguna
07 August 2008
To serve the growing numbers of foreigners in the country, BI to open 3 more field offices in Pasay, Rizal and Laguna
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will soon open new field and extension offices in Pasay City, Rizal and Laguna to decentralize its operations and make its services more accessible to foreigners in Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces.
BI Commissioner Marcelino Libanan disclosed that the new immigration offices will open at the newly-opened Neo Chinatown Mall located at the back of McDonald’s Restaurant along Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City and in the towns of Taytay, Rizal and Sta.Rosa, Laguna.
“This will especially benefit the tourists as they can easily extend their stay in the country without having to go to our main office Intramuros,” the BI chief said.
Libanan said the new BI offices is intended to expand the services of the immigration bureau and service the immigration requirements of foreigners who have been entered the country in droves over the past several years.
He said the BI extension office at the Neo Chinatown mall will give its foreign customers, who are mostly Chinese tourists, easy access to the bureau’s services.
The said office in Pasay will be the third of its kind in Metro Manila as similar offices have been established at the Board of Investments (BOI) bldg. along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. in Makati City and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) along Roxas Blvd., also in Pasay.
While the Makati extension office was established to serve foreign investors, executives and expatriates in the country’s financial capital, the PEZA extension office serves mainly foreigners based in the various economic zones nationwide.
As for the BI field offices that will open in Taytay and Sta. Rosa, Libanan bared that there has been an upsurge of foreigners in Rizal and Laguna.
The opening of the said offices will save them from the inconvenience of having to travel to the bureau’s main office in Intramuros to have their visas and other immigration documents processed.
Lawyer Norman Tansingco, BI chief of staff, said the new BI field offices will enable the BI to effectively monitor the presence of foreigners in Rizal and Laguna and encourage them to comply with Philippine immigration laws.
Tansingco said the opening of the new offices is part of the BI’s thrust to decentralize its operations and reduce the volume of transactions at its main office in Intramuros for the convenience of both the transacting public and the bureau’s employees.
“This is also in line with the call of President Arroyo for all frontline agencies of government to come up with measures that would facilitate the delivery of fast and efficient services to the public,” Tansingco said. (BI News)