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BI sets guidelines for ‘new normal’ when full operations resume

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has prepared new guidelines and protocols once it resumes full operations once the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) has been lifted, said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Wednesday (May 27).

“We are adapting these new guidelines and protocols to ensure that our employees and persons who transact business in our offices are protected against the coronavirus,” Morente said.

Morente noted that the new protocols will be implemented at the BI main office and other immigration field, satellite and extension offices as soon as the government places Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ).

“The bottomline is that wearing of face masks, sanitation and social distancing measures are always observed,” said BI Deputy Commissioner and COVID-19 Task Force Head Aldwin Alegre.

Alegre added the new protocols also allow “staggered working hours, assignment of skeleton force, four-day workweek, and work-from-home arrangements for employees who are seniors or have underlying medical conditions.”

The BI had suspended operations in many of its offices after the government imposed community quarantines in response to the threat of the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).

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