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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bureau of Immigration orders Strict Screening of Tourists at NAIA

Immigration officers started to adopt a strict screening of arriving
foreigners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other
major ports in the country, it was learned on Tuesday.

Officials at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said the implementation of
stricter measures is part of the new government’s intensified drive
against human trafficking.

BI acting chief Ronaldo Ledesma said he issued a memorandum order to
immigration officers prescribing new guidelines for the conduct of
secondary inspection of foreigners to determine whether they should be
allowed or denied entry in the Philippines.

Ledesma said he issued the order to give immigration officers wider
freedom of discretion in allowing or denying entry to a foreign
national upon arrival in a Philippine port of entry.

He said the new guidelines specifically spell out the screening
process for alien passengers suspected of being public charges, or
those whose presence in the Philippines are deemed inimical to
national interest. Secondary inspection means a foreigner upon landing
at the airport will have to undergo an interview before he/she be
allowed to enter the country to ensure that the foreigners has the
capability to support his/her stay in the Philippines.

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