Immigration beefs up manpower in NAIA

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Monday, May 14, 2012


THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deployed 20 newly hired immigration officers to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as the agency continues to beef up its manpower and address the increasing volume of international travelers entering and exiting the premiere port.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the 20 new immigration officers were among the 35 bureau employees who were recently hired or promoted to permanent positions in the agency by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

The employees were earlier picked and recommended for hiring and promotion by the BI personnel selection and promotions board from among thousands of applicants for various positions in the bureau’s plantilla.

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David said the job applicants passed through a rigid screening process, including written test and panel interview, aside from undergoing 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,” he said.

He added that the bureau is still screening thousands of applicants for about a hundred positions for immigration officer that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had authorized the BI to fill up.

David said the bureau sought authority from the DBM to hire more immigration officers 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.

Dagid pointed out that the BI has only about 1,100 organic employees and some 400 contractual confidential agents.

He said half of these personnel are assigned at the main office, airports and extension offices in Metro Manila, while the rest are thinly dispersed to the more than 50 BI field offices and sub-ports throughout the country. (SDR)

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