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October 12, 2019 by Borderops Staff

Pitong Filipino workers, naharang ng Bureau of Immigration sa NAIA

Pitong filipino workers, naharang ng Bureau of Immigration sa NAIA.

December 17, 2018 by Borderops Staff

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E-gates sa NAIA, Dinagdagan ng Bureau of Immigration ( BI )

Dinagdagan na ang electronic gates sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) para mabawasan ang mahabang pila sa immigration area bunsod ng dami ng pasahero ngayong holiday season. Inamin naman ng pamunuan ng NAIA na hindi tuluyang matutugunan ng mga e-gate ang problema sa pila.

August 3, 2019 by Borderops Staff

Scrap or tighten? DOJ, Immigration bureau review visa-upon-arrival scheme
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According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the program is prone to abuse.

"Na-abuse 'yan in a sense kasi andito na mag-aapply ‘yan ng visa, tourist visa... Kino-convert nila to something else like work visa, special work permit," Guevarra said.

(It gets abused in the sense that once they’re here, they’ll apply for tourist visa. But they convert that to something else like work visa, special work permit.)

November 7, 2019 by Borderops Staff

As contingents arrive for SEA Games, immigration says ‘heightened alert’ up
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The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday said airports are on "heightened alert," as the country prepares for the influx of foreigners, a number expected to swell because the country will host the Southeast Asian Games beginning later this month.

Grifton Medina, immigration port operations chief, said his office is expecting as many as 20,000 delegates to arrive for the Games.

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"This should signal to these syndicates that there is no letup in our anti-trafficking campaign despite the 2019 NCOV outbreak. Our departure areas remains off limits to human traffickers and their victims."

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) thwarted another attempt by a syndicate to spirit seven human trafficking victims out of the country. Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the victims, all women, were intercepted last Thursday at the departure area of the NAIA 3 terminal as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. 

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Immediate Implementation Of Expanded Travel Ban For Foreign Nationals, Regardless Of Nationality Coming From China Shall Be Turned Back And Not Allowed To Enter The Philippines

MANILA, Philippines—Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that he has ordered the implementation of the expanded travel ban for foreigners coming from China and its Special Administrative Regions. “We have immediately implemented the expanded travel ban, hence all foreign nationals, regardless of their nationality, who will be coming from China and its Special Administrative Regions shall be turned back and not allowed to enter the Philippines,” he announced. Morente, however, clarified that Filipino nationals and Philippine permanent resident visa holders will be allowed to enter “subject to a 14 day quarantine, to be implemented by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).”

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"We Are In The Midst Of An Intensified Campaign Against Human Trafficking Thus We Are Warning Aspiring OFWs To Comply With The Rules And Requirements For Overseas Workers."

PASAY, Philippines— Bureau of Immigration Chief Grifton Medina."Our immigration officers found numerous inconsistencies in their statements. They all eventually admitted having United Arab Emirates (UAE) visas in their possession and that their final destination is Dubai where they were recruited to work as household service workers.". Four undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) hired to work as household service workers (HSW) in Dubai were stopped at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to leave for Bangkok in the guise of being tourists, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.“We are in the midst of an intensified campaign against human trafficking.

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Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued a reminder to Filipinos planning to travel abroad. "Secure the proper documentation, don't employ the help of fixers youe meet online" said Morente. " Most of the time victims end up being duped, with fake documents." he warned, following the incident at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 Immigration Officers intercepted a Filipina bound for Tokyo for presenting a fake passport.

According to Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Grifton Medina Suspect insisted that the victim is employed as a sales and marketing assistant in his travel consultancy firm, the company ID and business card presented by his companion are genuine. Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently apprehended an illegal recruiter who attempted to facilitate the departure of one of his victims by making it appear that the latter was his employee. Bureau of Immigration (BI) port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the 40-year old suspect and his 34-year-old female victim were stopped from leaving the country last July 26 as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Medina declined to name the two passengers as the anti-trafficking law prohibits the public disclosure of human traffickers and their victims. “The suspect insisted that the victim is employed as a sales and marketing assistant in his travel consultancy firm, and that the company ID and business card presented by his companion are genuine,” Medina said. However, upon prodding, Medina said the victim confessed that she paid the suspect P25,000 to facilitate her travel abroad and that the identification documents she showed were only given by her alleged recruiter.It was also learned that the victim had in her possession a working visa and a connecting ticket to the United Arab Emirates where she was hired to work as a sales person.According to BI travel control and enforcement unit chief Timotea Barizo, a check of the bureau’s travel database showed it was not the first time that the alleged recruiter facilitated the departure of his suspected victims out of the country. “Our records show that on May 9 last year he left the country with two female companions on the pretext that they were traveling as tourists and would return three days later,” Barizo said. “Instead, he came back alone and left his companions abroad.” The incident prompted Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente to reiterate his warning to prospective overseas workers who want to work abroad to beware of unscrupulous persons offering to facilitate their travel through misrepresentation and use of fraudulent documents. “These bogus documents are easily recognizable to our immigration officers,” Morente said. "We are not just stopping victims, we are on the lookout to stop their recruiters as well. If intercepted, these recruiters will be turned over to the proper authorities for the filing of the appropriate criminal charges," he warned. 

MANILA, Philipines--The Bureau of Immigration will ban from re-entering the country two Korean nationals for attempting to facilitate the departure of 13 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) they allegedly illegally recruited to work in Malaysia. Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the Koreans were reportedly identified by their victims as responsible for arranging and shouldering their expenses. Said victims were recently intercepted at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga. Medina said he has recommended to Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente to include the Koreans, identified as Lee Jeong Seop and Pyun Jung Su, in the Bureau of Immigration blacklist to prevent them from returning to the Philippines and recruit more victims.“We are sending a stern warning to foreigners that they should not abuse their privilege and violate the conditions of their stay here by engaging in illegal activities such as recruitment and human trafficking,” Medina stated.He added that the trick employed by the aliens in facilitating their victims’ departure will not work as “it will not escape the attention of our immigration officers who are adept in detecting schemes to spirit human trafficking victims out of the country.” It was learned that Lee allegedly arranged the travel of eight of the victims who were stopped at the Clark airport last July 16 as they were about to board a flight of Jetstar Airways to Singapore en route to their final destination in Kuala Lumpur. The passengers, who were disguised as tourists, admitted that they were hired by Lee to work as English instructors for Korean students in Malaysia. A check of the BI’s travel database showed that the eight passengers were already stopped from leaving the CIA last July 14 when they were intercepted before they could board a Scoot Airlines flight to Singapore. On the other hand, the five other victims were intercepted last July 22 as they were being accompanied by Pyun in boarding a Cebu Pacific flight to Hongkong. The passengers, all women, said they were supposed to proceed to Korea where they were recruited by Pyun to work as nightclub entertainers. Verification of their travel records revealed that three of the women were also previously stopped from leaving the country for failure to explain their purpose of travel. The victims were later turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation. 

 

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22 February 2020

BI: Travel ban lifted for OFWs, students, permanent residents of HK, Macau – not tourists

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the lifting of the travel ban for Filipino overseas workers, students, and permanent residents bound for Hong Kong and Macau.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infections Diseases (IATF-EID) has recommended the lifting of the departure travel ban, adding that “this is a welcome development for our kababayan (countrymen) who wish to return to their work abroad.” The lifting, according to Morente, covers all Filipino nationals who are holders of working visas, student visas, and permanent resident visas both in Hong Kong and Macau.

He said the ban on Filipinos going to both regions in China as tourists is still in effect. Morente said the lifting is an expansion of an earlier directive allowing members of the diplomatic corps to enter the country from those areas in China. He explained that the lifting of the travel ban also allows the entry of Filipino nationals including their foreign spouses and children.

Meanwhile, BI clarified its role in implementing the travel ban.

The clarification stemmed from a complaint on social media about an overseas Filipino worker based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was not allowed to return to the UAE because they had been in Taiwan six days before departure.

Taiwan was previously included in the travel ban imposed by the government, a ban that was lifted last Feb. 14.

According to Morente, the Feb. 2 directive on the travel ban of President Duterte specifically states that a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine for Filipinos and permanent resident visa holders coming from any place in China and its special administrative regions is required.

“While it is the Bureau of Quarantine who implements this measure, it is the BI who can determine who fall under this category and is duty-bound to implement the directive,” he clarified.

“This is a measure best seen by the (IATF-)EID and the government to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease),” Morente added.

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19 February 2020

Immigration bureau opens PH doors to travelers from Taiwan after ban lifting

MANILA - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Saturday it had implemented the lifting of travel restriction the Philippines imposed on Taiwan due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he had instructed all immigration personnel to allow foreigners and Filipinos to travel to and from the self-governing territory. "We have received an order from the Office of the President yesterday [Friday] afternoon lifting the travel restrictions," Morente said.

"This follows the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Disease (IATF), which we are bound to implement immediately. Hence, travel may now be made by any foreign national to Taiwan from the Philippines and vice versa," he added.

Also allowed to enter the Philippines are members of the diplomatic corps traveling from Taiwan, regardless of nationality. The decision to lift the ban, announced Friday, came as Taiwan threatened sanctions against the Philippines, including scrapping visa-free privilege for Filipinos.

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28 February 2020

Bureau of Immigration announced the implemention of expanded travel ban including Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu and Cheongdo amidst the Covid-19 outbreak

PASAY, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that they are implementing an expanded travel ban to include the North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea amidst the Covid-2019 outbreak. According to Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, said expansion follows the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) to include banning of inbound and outbound travel from said region.

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21 February 2020

Bureau of Immigration Officers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Arrested Korean Fugitive Wanted for Telecom Fraud in his country

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a South Korean fugitive wanted in his country for telecom fraud who was intercepted last week at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina identified the passenger as 31-year-old Jang Minki who was stopped at the NAIA 3 departure area last Feb. 13 as he attempted to board a flight to Osaka, Japan.

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13 February 2020

Swedish national and three more barred from entering the philippines by Bureau of Immigration - NAIA

Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the passenger, whose identity and other particulars he declined to divulge for security reasons, arrived at NAIA’s Terminal 1 last Feb. 5 from Singapore.

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