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BI’s POD deactivated, its former head tossed back to legal – Tansingco

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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco announced that the agency’s Port Operations Division (POD) had been deactivated on Thursday. POD’s acting head Carlos Capulong had been reassigned to the legal division.

Tansingco said the move comes after Secretary of Justice (SOJ) Jesus Crispin Remulla approved his recommendation to reorganize and streamline the operational structure of their airport services.

“We are thankful for the support of SOJ in our proposal. We appreciate that he has seen the wisdom of reorganizing this problematic system, that needs new solutions,” the BI chief said. Said proposal was submitted to the Department of Justice on February 2.

He added: “This will remove the centralized authority over all airports, as well as empower and exact accountability on the BI airport terminal heads, who are now directly responsible over the operation and management of their respective terminals.”

Tansingco pointed out that prior to the reorganization, the POD had a complex organizational system, with many redundant and overlapping functions.

During his own assessment, Tansingco said he saw that accountability was diluted, with each head reporting to multiple superiors.

“Through this way, we will have a leaner management system, and would be able to pinpoint problems, as well as properly commend those doing a good job,” he added.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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