MENARDO I. GUEVARRA
is a Filipino lawyer and public servant who is the 59th Secretary of Justice of the Philippines. He previously served as Deputy Executive Secretary under the Rodrigo Duterte and Benigno Aquino III presidential administrations. Prior to his government stint, he was involved in private litigation practice as a founding partner of the Medialdea Ata Bello Guevarra & Suarez law firm since 1990. He was also an active faculty member at his alma mater Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated in 1974. Guevarra's appointment to the Justice portfolio was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments on May 30, 2018.
JAIME H. MORENTE
Police Director JAIME HERMO MORENTE, CEO VI (Retired) brings extensive experience both in public service and military career. A proud son of Midsayap, Cotabato and a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Dimalupig” Class of 1981, Commissioner Morente handled various positions in the Philippine National Police and in the Philippine Constabulary.
During his tenure as a police official and a military officer, he was a recipient of 87 PNP medals, ribbons and badges; 23 AFP (Philippine Constabulary) medals, ribbons and badges; and Letters of Commendations. Attributable to his outstanding performance, he was awarded the Best Senior Police Commissioned Officer of the Year in the Field of Operations in 2004.
Commissioner Morente finished his Masters Degree in Management from the Philippine Christian University and was a graduate of a variety of specialized trainings and educational programs both local and abroad.
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he was enjoying his retirement after leaving the police service on 13 June 2015.
GRIFTON SP MEDINA
Ports Operations Division Bureau of Immigration
Acting Chief, Port Operations Division
Graduated from Whittier Law School (2008- 2009)
Master of Laws (LL.M) International Law and US Legal Studies
Major Positions held at Bureau of Immigration
Head, Good Governance Committee
Chief, Personnel Section (Human Resource Management Office)
Through Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Department Order No. 660, the undersigned was designated as Acting Chief of Bureau of Immigration’s Port Operations Division (POD), effective 15 October 2018. As the Acting Chief, POD, the undersigned supervises and monitors the daily operations of all international airports, seaport and border control crossing stations in the country.
In order to carry out the mandate of the Bureau, its Vision and Mission, the undersigned (1) drafted Note with Recommendations (NWR) regarding airport operations for the Office of the Commissioner’s perusal; (2) implemented guidelines and memoranda for the Immigration Officers’ (Terminal Heads and its Deputies, Section and Unit Heads, Primary Inspectors) guidance and strict compliance; and (3) strengthened coordination with Bureau of Immigration’s partnered agencies and stakeholders (embassies, government agencies, airlines, media, etc.) for an efficient communication and effective implementation of programs for the betterment of airport operations.
The undersigned concurrently serves as the Head, Committee on Good Governance in conformance with Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) (Ease of Doing Business) Programs and Activities.
PORT OPERATIONS DIVISION'S 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
The Chief, POD spearheaded the installation of Electronic Gates (E-Gates) at Philippine International airports (NAIA I, II, III, CIA, MCIA, DIA) ARRIVAL immigration area. The use of EGates cuts the processing time for Filipino passengers to 8 to 15 seconds from its normal 45-second processing. These E-Gates showed successful operations since its implementation last October 2018. Total processed passengers for the period October to December 2018 were 398,213 and for the Year 2019, total production generated 3,020,178 processed passenger.
Implementation of Foreign Service Circular No. 038-2019
POD submitted a Note with Recommendation (NWR) to the Office of the Commissioner dated 15 October 2019 with subject, “Implementation of Foreign Service Circular No. 038-2019 on the stamping of All Regular Passports Issued by the People’s Republic of China (PROC)” as new Machine Readable Visa (MRV) stickers will be affixed on passport pages. The said Circular is also the answer to the increasing reports from Immigration Officers regarding tampered and/or lost Philippine visa attached in PROC passports.
Southeast Asian (SEA) Games
The 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games was held in the Philippines from 30 November to 11 December 2019, with Clark (Northern Philippines) as the Main Hub. In line with the preparation for the said event, POD created a systematic immigration arrival and departure formalities to ensure smooth and organized processing of SEA Games delegates and their accompanying persons without compromising border security.
The Bureau of Immigration, through the Port Operations Division successfully did its part in the recentlyended SEA Games event as it garnered positive feedback from the general public because of POD’s thorough preparation (i.e. Designated ASEAN/Diplomatic Lanes, SEA Games-labeled writing tables, SEA Games’ signage, advance derogatory and Interpol checking of participants by the BI SEA Games Committee, etc).
INTERPOL Project Riptide
For successful implementation of SEA Games preparations, INTERPOL: Project Riptide, Tracking foreign terrorist fighter movement in Southeast Asia, Interpol Major Event Support Team (IMEST) was deployed at NAIA Terminal III during the entire duration of SEA Games (30 November – 11 December 2019), to effectively monitor arrivals and departure of passengers.
Moral Recovery and Leadership Program
In support to the government’s drive to implement transparency and accountability towards good governance, POD employees undergone a Moral Recovery and Leadership Seminar conducted by Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Office of Integrity and Anti Corruption
Basic Mandarin Class
With the increasing number of excluded Chinese nationals due to miscommunication and/or language barrier, Bureau of Immigration through Port Operations Division signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the Philippines through Confucius Institute to train Immigration Officers on Chinese language and culture. The batch for the year 2019 graduated last 11 September 2019
Civil Service Examination Review for Job Orders (JOs) and Contractual (CA) Employees at Port Operations Division (POD)
Job Orders and Contractual employees at POD undergone review sessions to help them prepare for CSC exam.
Expansion of Immigration Area
To accommodate more counters, POD installed more immigration booths at NAIA Terminal I (Departure) and NAIA Terminal II (Departure and Arrival); and to provide more
spaces for queuing, POD, through coordination with MIAA, extended Immigration Departure area at NAIA Terminal III.
Passenger Assessment, Targeting and Investigation Training (by Australian Embassy and Australian Border Force)
Awaiting implementation and in preparation for Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), immigration personnel, who will act as back room users, undergone a comprehensive Passenger Assessment, Targeting and Investigation Training under the guidance of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines and the Australian Border Force last 28 October to 01 November 2019 (first batch) and 04 to 08 November 2019 (second batch.)
Hiring of Immigration Officers
As the lack of manpower has long been a problem at Ports of entry and exit, especially primary inspectors, Chief, POD recommended for an immediate hiring and deployment of new Immigration Officers at POD and Border Crossing Stations in Southern Mindanao. For the Year 2019, a total of 103 immigration officers (Batch 20 – 67 officers; Batch 21 – 36 officers) for primary inspection were hired.
Augmentation of Immigration Officers
Due to increasing flight operations as reported by CAAP, as well as the increasing need for manpower as requested by Terminal Heads, POD augmented Immigration Officers to Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA), Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and other ports deemed in need of manpower.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Tier 1 Status in Fight against Human Trafficking
Consistent to its mandate in protecting the border and its nationals, Port Operations Division, for the fourth straight year (since 2016), maintained its Tier 1 status in the implementation of AntiHuman Trafficking Act as reported by the US Embassy, US State Department. Philippines is the only country in the ASEAN region and one of four
(Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Philippines) in Asia to have Tier 1 status.
OpenGov – Singapore Leadership Award
Awarded an OpenGov Recognition of Excellence for the successful installation and implementation of E-Gate facilities at six international airports in the Philippines.
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
ISO 9001:2015 Cerfified by SGS Philippines with the detailed scope in Entry and Exit Formalities for Primary Inspection of Foreign Nationals and Extension of Stay of Temporary Visitors' Visa