Bureau of Immigration ready for rush of Holy Week travelers

Two weeks before the Holy Week, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has already begun preparing for the volume of travelers going in, out, and across the country.

Commissioner Jaime Morente has instructed BI Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red Mariñas to ensure that sufficient staff are assigned to the Ninoy International Airport (NAIA), as an increased number of travelers are expected to arrive and depart from the local main airport.

Morente also directed BI Chief Personnel Officer Grifton Medina to list down all immigration officers currently deployed at the main office and other sub-ports, who could be temporarily assigned to the NAIA to support on-hand staff and lessen immigration counter queues during the Holy Week, which will start on March 25 (Palm Sunday) to April 1 (Easter Sunday).

“I will sign the personnel orders reassigning them to the NAIA to minimize, if not totally prevent, long queues of passengers in our counters,” Morente said in a statement Thursday, March 8.

“We assure the traveling public that we have enough personnel to man our booths at the airport during the holidays,” he furthered.