BI augments manpower for arriving ASEAN Summit guests » Manila Bulletin News



By Jun Ramirez

Some 50 Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers were deployed to international airports to augment the agency’s manpower in preparation for the leaders’ summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next week.

Workers put finishing touches on the ASEAN logo at the vicinity of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings venue in Pasay city.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the BI is “ready and raring” to perform its task to conduct arrival and departure formalities for foreign delegates who will be arriving.

Morente explained that while the BI has adequate personnel presently assigned at international airports, it needed to beef up its personnel where the bulk of the ASEAN delegates, including heads of states, will be arriving.

“It is very imperative that we have more than enough personnel manning our airports during one of the most important and momentous international gatherings in our nation’s history,” the BI chief said, adding that “the men and women of the BI are ready to meet this challenge.”

According to BI Chief Personnel Officer and acting spokesman Grifton Medina, many of those who were re-deployed to the airports were personnel assigned from various BI field offices and seaports nationwide and from the BI main office in Manila.

They included some top and senior BI officials who are ready to conduct immigration formalities for the ASEAN delegates, Medina said.

BI Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red Mariñas disclosed that special teams of immigration officers were already formed to process ASEAN delegates and other foreign visitors who will be arriving aboard chartered or special flights.

Mariñas said several immigration supervisors were dispatched to help oversee and facilitate the proper and orderly processing of the arriving foreign dignitaries and delegates.

Expected to arrive in the country next week are 21 world leaders. Advanced parties and members of their delegations have already started arriving since last week.

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