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. "We aren't counting there the spectators, 'yung manonood, of course, ng SEA Games at 'yung mga magiging tourists natin," he said in an interview on Radio dzMM.
"Hindi rin naman sila darating on the day of Nov. 30. Darating 'yan mga few weeks before." Immigration officials at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports nationwide were notified of the enhanced alert on Oct. 29, the week of Undas. Medina said visitors to the Games have begun arriving as early as July. The Philippines will host the Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.