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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente has vowed to sanction both employees and visitors of the BI main office in Manila for violating health and safety protocols.

“Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after receiving reports that some liaison officers of BI accredited travel agencies and law offices have been defying the said protocols by not passing through the disinfection chamber at the main building entrance and entering the premises even if they have no approved online appointments,” the BI said in a statement.

“On the other hand, it was also reported that some BI employees and job order personnel do not wear face masks, face shield and practice social distancing while others were seen going from one office to another in violation of a standing directive prohibiting office hopping,” it added.

Morente has already ordered a two-week ban of “any travel agent or law office representative who avoids the disinfection or enters the building without a scheduled online appointment.”

“BI regular employees who do not wear face mask, face shield, and observe social distancing, and those who engage in office hopping, will be slapped with administrative cases for insubordination and violating office rules and regulations,” the BI said.

“Further, errant job order personnel who violate the said protocols will be suspended for two weeks,” it added.

The sanctions were imposed due to the rise of cases of COVID-19 disease at the BI where 78 of its personnel already got infected with the virus.

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