BI asks for protective equipment for personnel

March 22, 2020
“Part of our SOP is to ensure that the health of our officers be checked for Covid-2019 if they encountered a COVID-positive patient,” he said.  “We have instituted procedures for that, and have a medical team on standby to conduct triage and ensure that those who need testing are able to undergo it,” he said.

PAL continues to operate

March 22, 2020
FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has continued to operate a number of international flights in response to urgent public need and the government's call for an air service lifeline to ferry out stranded foreign nationals.  

Travel rules for foreigners tightened

March 14, 2020
According to Morente, following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID), the Bureau of Immigration will implement additional travel restrictions for arriving passengers from Iran and Italy by 12 midnight of March 16.

Travel rush at NAIA

March 13, 2020
DEPARTING domestic passengers yesterday rushed to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to take advantage of the grace period before the domestic travel ban ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte starts tomorrow.

Bureau of Immigration: Foreign illegal workers denied entry

March 03, 2020
“I have ordered all NAIA heads replaced, and reshuffled all frontline personnel to break any possible collusion among them. This revamp affected around 800 officers,” said Morente. “We have likewise placed the Travel Control and Enforcement Unit and the Border Control and Investigation Unit under the control and supervision of the Intelligence Division to serve as an external check and balance to monitor airport operations,” he added.

S. Korea travel ban expanded

February 28, 2020
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the expansion was recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) to include banning of inbound and outbound travel from South Korean region.

Filipino tourists banned from going to S. Korea

February 27, 2020
BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said all foreign nationals who want to enter the country must present a certification issued by the Korean government that they did not come from North Gyeongsang province or even visited for a couple of days the place where the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea reportedly started.

Stranded OFWs fear loss of jobs

February 23, 2020
HUNDREDS of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Special Administrative Region of Kurdistan, a northern province in Iraq which is violence free, has appealed to the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad to recommend the lifting of the deployment ban imposed by the government.

BI chief dismayed at ‘pastillas’ scheme

February 22, 2020
“As the Commissioner, I am very disappointed with the unauthorized activities of some personnel who continue to commit irregularities despite our determined efforts to get rid of the culture of corruption in the Bureau since 2016. On the other hand, I am certain that after this exposé, the intense public scrutiny and accompanying trial by publicity that the Bureau has been subjected to will only ensure that we come out stronger as we weather yet another storm,” Morente said in a statement.