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45k arrivals, 33k departures recorded by BI on Easter Sunday

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OVER 45,000 arrivals were recorded by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Easter Sunday alone.

This was learned from BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, who said that more than 33,000 departures were also recorded, adding that the increase in arriving passengers is expected at the tailend of the holidays.

Given these huge numbers, Tansingco commended officers who completed their duties during the holiday season.

“Our officers sacrifice precious time with their loved ones to serve the traveling public. Despite the challenges, we are thankful to those who continue their work efficiently and professionally,” he said.

Tansingco earlier reported that the operations of the BI remained smooth sailing despite the spike in travelers during Holy Week.

A total of 155 immigration officers have been fielded for the week, together with a batch of 36 immigration officers who were deployed after completing their training.

“The high number of arriving and departing passengers show that the travel sector is already recovering. We see this as a good sign, and we believe the numbers will continue to rise until the end of the year,” he said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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