Immigration bureau to set up e-gates at NAIA for departing OFWs

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2019 01:55 PM

MANILA - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to launch its electronic gates (e-gates) at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before Christmas exclusively for use of overseas Filipino workers.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said a memorandum of agreement has been signed with the service provider for the pilot testing of the e-gates, initially at the NAIA 2 immigration departure area.

The service provider has committed to initially install and operate 2 e-gates and biometric machines at NAIA’s Terminal 2 for exclusive use of departing OFWs and airline crew of Philippine Airlines (PAL), according to BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina.

Under the MOA, Medina said the provider is allowed to demonstrate the functions and capability of its machines.

The BI hopes to replicate the success of the e-gate system implemented last year in the immigration arrival areas of NAIA's 3 terminals and international airports in Mactan-Cebu, Davao and Clark which resulted in the decrease of long queues at airports.

Morente said the new lanes--which will ensure smoother and faster processing--is in recognition of OFWs contribution to the economy.

The pilot testing and demonstration would last for six months. The BI is targeting to process at least a 100,000 passengers before the project could become fully operational. 

The project’s entire cost will be shouldered by Ascent Solutions, a Singapore-based IT company who supplied the country’s e-gates.