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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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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has banned its personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from “loafing, facilitating and escorting” any arriving and departing passenger. In a recently issued memorandum, Bureau of Immigration’s port operations division (POD) chief Grifton Medina reiterated an existing office regulation issued eight years ago, and warned that employees who defy the directive will be meted stiff disciplinary sanctions and slapped with administrative cases. Immigration men were likewise restricted from entering NAIA’s immigration areas outside their tour of duty or terminal assignment. In a statement, Medina explained that the directive is just one of several preventive measures being implemented in the Bureau of Immigration under Morente’s watch.

“We have been warning our OFWs against being tricked into using fake OECs as these will surely be detected by our immigration officers who are adept at detecting these fraudulent documents,” Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said.Immigration area 'sanitized' to curb escorting Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted six overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who attempted to leave by disguising themselves as tourists and using spurious documents. According to Bureau of Immigration (BI) port operations division chief Grifton Medina, the six female passengers were intercepted in separate incidents last Saturday and Sunday by members of the Bureau of Immigration’s travel control and control enforcement unit (TCEU). Medina said two of the women were stopped at the NAIA 1 terminal on Saturday as they attempted to board a Malaysian Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur en route to their final destination in Italy and Poland where they were hired to work as domestic helpers. The women reportedly admitted during questioning that their working visas abroad will be handed to them upon their arrival in Malaysia, after which they will be booked for their connecting flights to Rome and Warsaw.

They also admitted paying more than half a million pesos to their recruiters in return for processing their travel documents. Medina also said that on the same day two other women were intercepted at the NAIA terminal 3 for trying to leave with fake overseas employment certificates (OECs). “We have been warning our OFWs against being tricked into using fake OECs as these will surely be detected by our immigration officers who are adept at detecting these fraudulent documents,” Medina said. "Add to that, our system is already connected to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration's database, so verification is real time," he said. He lamented that despite the Bureau of Immigration’s warnings, illegal recruiters still resort to the scheme without regard to the plight of the victims who will suffer most if they are caught. BI-TCEU chief Timotea Barizo reported that as in the case of previously intercepted OFWs with fake OECs, the two women had valid working visas, job contracts and passports. Two other females were intercepted Sunday afternoon as they attempted to depart for Dubai as tourists, by presenting fake supporting documents. "They reportedly tried to make it look like their sponsors were relatives," said Barizo. "But upon closer inspection of their documents, our officers saw that these were fake," she shared. The victims also admitted that their documents were given by airport employees they know as 'Miko' and 'Jennylyn' who they met through Facebook, and who promised to facilitate their illegal departure to work as household service workers. "This is a form of escorting being done by unscrupulous airport employees who think they can circumvent immigration formalities," said Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. "Yang paghahatid na iyan (that illegal assistance of passengers)--we have received reports about these already, hence we have submitted their names for investigation and have sanitized the immigration area to ensure that only authorized personnel may enter," he added. All six women were turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation. 

PASAY, Philippines—Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted 13 Filipino passengers bound for Hongkong who were caught in possession of fake boarding passes that they acquired from a scammer. According to Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina, the passengers consisting of seven men and six women, were intercepted last Monday at the airline counter of Cathay Pacific at the NAIA 3 terminal. Medina said the passengers were immediately turned over to the Bureau of Immigration after Cathay Pacific personnel found that the self-printed boarding passes they presented were not in the manifest and were not issued tickets by the airline.

“It is seems that they are victims of a scammers who prey on the public by selling fake tickets at cheap prices to entice their victims,” Medina said. He added it was only at the airport that the passengers knew they were scammed after the airline informed them that their boarding passes are not encoded in their system. When interviewed by members of the Bureau of Immigration’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), the passengers pointed to one of their female companions as the one who enticed them to buy the plane tickets. The woman, however, claimed that she also did not know that the boarding passes were bogus as these were only given to her by a certain 'Jennifer'. She alleged that she met Jennifer thrice and she was only instructed to distribute the tickets to her companions. According to Bureau of Immigration TCEU Chief Timotea Barizo, during the verification, they found out that some of their hotel bookings were cancelled as well. “They were also allegedly told to wear T-shirts bearing the name of a herbal product during their trip and were instructed to take off the shirts after they are cleared by Immigration,” said Barizo. "It was done to make it seem like they were on an official company trip abroad. Why would they be instructed to misrepresent themselves if there was no ill intention?" she added. Barizo said she suspects that the victims may have been promised jobs abroad, hence the fake tickets and the misrepresentation. "There were too many inconsistencies in their statements and documents," she said. "We suspect they may have been victimized by illegal recruiters," she added. All 13 passengers were eventually turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assistance and further investigation.

Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have intercepted three foreigners who attempted to leave the country with spurious passports and visa. Bureau of Immigration (BI) port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were apprehended at the NAIA 2 terminal last June 28 and 29 while transiting in Manila en route to their intended foreign destinations. Medina disclosed that two of the passengers, Palestinian couple Yousef Hilles and Nour Muamar, were intercepted Tuesday evening while attempting to board a flight to Malaysia, using fake United Arab Emirates passports with spurious Philippine immigration arrival and departure stamps. On the other hand, Senegalese passenger Fallou Thiam reportedly attempted to leave for Toronto Wednesday morning with a fake Canadian visa sticker on his passport. “This should serve as a warning to foreigners not to use the Philippines as a jump off point to other countries. You cannot elude the watchful eyes of immigration officers in our ports. Our personnel are highly skilled in detecting fraud, and we have the technology to instantly verify the authenticity of documents presented,” Medina said.

He added that as a result of the apprehensions the Bureau of Immigration again thwarted attempts by undesirable aliens to use Manila as a transit point in traveling illegally to other countries. According to Bureau of Immigration travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) chief Timotea Barizo, the Palestinian couple admitted to have allegedly acquired their fake UAE passports for US$10,000. Barizo said the couple, who resides in Malaysia, had just arrived from Fiji where they stayed for 20 days but were prevented from boarding their flight to New Zealand where they intended to stay for good. As for Thiam, Barizo said the African claimed that he acquired his fake visa from a friend who works at the Canadian embassy in Senegal. All three foreigners were later returned to their port of origin and were likewise placed in the BI's blacklist to prevent them from re-entering the Philippines.

INTRAMUROS, Manila—The management of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) exhorted its officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports to keep up their vigilance after it was announced that the Philippines retained its Tier 1 ranking in the US government’s human trafficking index for 2019. “I commend and congratulate the men and women of our port operations division (POD) who guard our ports day and night to ensure that countrymen are saved from the scourge of human trafficking,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement. The Philippines retained for the fourth consecutive year its Tier 1 ranking in the recently-released 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report of the US Department of State. Morente said that the rating is “a tribute to your hard work and dedication to your duties as gatekeepers of our country.”

 

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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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