THE Bureau of Immigration yesterday announced it is ready for the holiday rush and all set to deploy more personnel to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports to beef up manpower.
BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said some 56 more Immigration officers will be fielded to different international airports this week.
Medina said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente approved the personnel augmentation scheme to help process thousands of foreign and local passengers expected to enter and exit the country during the holiday break.
“We are actually expecting an upsurge of travelers entering the Philippines by around the second or third week of December as Christmastime approaches,” said Medina.
Of the 56 BI officers, 19 of them will be reporting to the NAIA while the 37 others were deployed to the airports in Clark, Mactan, Kalibo, and Davao.
Medina clarified that the reassignment of the employees are only temporary and they will return to their current posts in the second week of January when passenger volume at the airports is expected to drop.
Medina said the added manpower and the opening of the 21 e-gates in major airports nationwide will greatly reduce the queuing time of the travelers.
With Willy Balasa