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BI operations resume at NAIA 3

Anthony Ching

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said its operating units at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are back to their original workplace at the Terminal 3 building.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente thanked MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal for allowing the bureau’s port operations division (POD) and its attached units to return to their offices and observing social distancing to prevent spreading further the COVID-19 virus.

The bureau’s NAIA presence was relocated to Terminal 1 two months earlier as commercial flights of the various air carriers were cancelled amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

BI chief also said the move was preparatory to the resumption of operations at all NAIA terminals in light of the reported plans by some airlines to resume commercial international flights
“We anticipate more flights in the coming days due to reports there remains thousands of overseas Filipino workers stranded abroad awaiting repatriation. We assure the public that we have the necessary manpower who will be on duty to serve these flights,” he added.

Immigration chief Morente stressed even as the Philippines transition to the new normal, the authorities will continue to implement strict health protocols for front liners and other personnel to protect them against the virus.

Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said only the heads and deputy chiefs and POD staff of attached sections and units have returned to Terminal 3.

In the meantime, BI frontline officers, duty supervisors and their support personnel performing counter duties, primary and secondary inspection, intelligence operations and administrative functions will remain deployed at NAIA Terminals 1 and 2 where international repatriation and sweeper flights continue to operate.

Medina said the agency is ready to redeploy its officers at NAIA Terminal 3 once international flight operations resume.

He said aside from POD, those back to Terminal 3 include the airport operations section, order control and intelligence unit, travel control and enforcement, quality management, special concerns, anti-fraud section and the anti-terrorist group.

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