MANILA – A total of 67 newly-graduated immigration officers will be deployed to the country’s international airports to augment manpower for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games and the start of the holiday rush.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the new immigration officers graduated last Wednesday, October 2 after undergoing the Border Control Officers Module (BCOM), a six-month long training designed to teach immigration laws, rules, and procedures.
"The 67 graduates, which consist of 38 females and 29 males, were divided into two classes. They began training at the Philippine Immigration Academy in Clark, Pampanga last April. After three months, they were assigned at the airports and the BI's main office for another three months as on-the-job trainees," Morente said.
Morente added that aside from the usual lectures, it is the first time that they have included Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Response seminar in the program.
"This kind of training adheres with the changing times. We want our officers to be fully prepared in the field even during emergency situations," he said.
The Bureau's Port Operations Division (POD) Chief Grifton Medina likewise disclosed that as part of their continuous effort to address congestion problems in airports, all graduates have signed a lock-in contract with the POD for a minimum of two years.
"We want the concept of genuine public service to be inculcated in our front-liners. We need them to be committed mentally and physically to the job," Medina added.
Meanwhile, Morente expressed his gratitude towards President Rodrigo Duterte for approving the collection of Express Lane Fees (ELF) for another year to augment the salaries of immigration personnel.
"The extension of the collection of ELF to augment the salaries of immigration employees will not only attract more qualified personnel to apply for a job with us. This will also surely boost the morale of our current employees in the Bureau," Morente said.