Cellfone ban for Bureau of Immigration-Ninoy Aquino International Airpor personnel

February 15, 2019

IN order to ensure full and uninterrupted service to the traveling public during their tour of duty, Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been ordered to stop using mobile phones while on duty or face stiff disciplinary actions.

This was learned from Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina, who said that the warning was issued after the office of BI Commissioner Jaime Morente received reports that some immigration officers on duty at the NAIA were caught on camera using their mobile phones, in violation of a standing directive prohibiting the said practice.

Medina said that he was ordered by Morente to see to it that the ban on mobile phones is implemented to the letter not only at the NAIA but in the other international airports as well.

Already, Medina said he had directed BI head supervisors of NAIA’s three terminals and the other airports to take the warning seriously or be also held responsible for the actions of their subordinates.   

“I am taking them to task for every violation of the Commissioner’s directive by any personnel under them.  Using mobile phones is disallowed as aside from being counterproductive and may promote corruption, it is also an eyesore to passengers who expect us to give them fast and efficient service,’ Medina said. Medina added that the bureau will also soon be launching an integrity management program (IMP) for immigration personnel as part of the agency’s anti-corruption campaign.

He bared that an integrated management committee, composed of selected BI officials, will soon be formed to formulate and implement anti-corruption measures in all of the bureau’s offices, including the different ports and sub-ports nationwide.

Launched in 2014 under Executive Order 176, the IMP was established as a national corruption prevention program which aims to reduce levels of corruption in government agencies and improve public trust and confidence in the government.

Medina, who also chairs the BI’s composite committee on good governance, explained that the IMP will be initiated to support the anti-corruption advocacy of the Duterte administration.