Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said on Thursday, Dec. 3, that immigration personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been augmented in anticipation of the possible increase of travelers during the Christmas season.
“This is a temporary measure that we are taking proactively,” said Morente in a statement.
“While we do not expect a major rise in the number of travelers this holiday season, we’d rather err on the side of caution and beef up our deployment,” he added.
Morente made the move after the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) further relaxed restrictions by allowing the visa free entry of balikbayans.
The BI chief said the those who will augment personnel at the NAIA will include those from immigration officers assigned at the bureau’s main office and other satellite, extension and field offices in Metro Manila.