Immigration enforces total revamp at NAIA

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2020 06:00:26 +0000

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has implemented a total revamp in all three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as part of its continuing  reform and transformation efforts to cleanse the bureau of corruption.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said on Thursday that the revamp covered all personnel assigned to NAIA terminals from Port Operations Division (POD) deputy chiefs, terminal heads down to counter personnel, except the chief POD which will be decided by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The personnel movements were in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to revamp the bureau as necessary.

“These changes in management responsibilities and section assignments in our airports are part of the on-going actions that are being taken to address the recent resurgence of unauthorized activities and irregularities, as major steps have already been made to address these issues since 2016,” he said.

The bureau has activated new protocols in the conduct of secondary inspections in open areas for transparency, as well as the installation of additional CCTV cameras in all areas of primary inspectors.

Likewise, officers and personnel linked to the “pastillas” scam have been put under the administration holding office and their privileges have been cancelled.

Morente said that appropriate disciplinary and administrative sanctions would be implemented according to the findings and decisions of the proper courts — both administrative and criminal.WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL