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BI Chief Tansingco Leads Opening of One-Stop-Shop at NAIA 3

Immigration One-Stop-Shop
Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco (3rd from left) with attendees at the launching of the One-Stop-Shop at the NAIA Terminal 3, among them Deputy Commissioner Rogelio Gevero (5th from left), Alien Registration Division chief Atty. Jake Licas (2nd from right). (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) led by Commissioner Norman Tansingco, opened a one-stop-shop (OSS) at the NAIA Terminal 3 meant to address the usual problems being encountered by foreign nationals during departure.

According to BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval, the OSS will process extensions and exit clearances, which are among the transactions primarily seen as difficulties being hurdled by foreign nationals at the immigration area when they leave the country. Also present at the launching held at the NAIA Terminal 3 were BI-Intelligence Division chief Jun Manahan, NAIA Intel chief Dennis Alcedo, Intel officer Raffy Dimacuta, BI-NAIA spokesman Melvin Mabulac, legal officer Atty. Nel Ganias, officer Monalisa Arroyo, BI-NAIA officers Raymond Salting and Jemma Driz, Deputy Commissioner Rogelio Gevero and Alien Registration Division chief Atty. Jake Licas, among ohers.

“Actually, ang gusto natin is to encourage foreign nationals to legitimize their stay. Ayaw natin na may excuse sila na di kumuha ng tamang dokumenteo kaya ang priority ni Commissioner Tansingco ay ilapit sa public ang serbisyo ng Bureau of Immigration,” Sandoval said.

“This (OSS) is one way para mapalapit sa tao ang mga serbisyo… so, wala nang excuse or dahilan for any foreigner not to comply with regulations,” she added.

Sandoval said that Tansingco has plans to expand the services offered at the said OSS and extend it to other airports, depending on the need to do so.

Meanwhile, Sandoval also took the opportunity to remind air travelers during the ‘Undas’ period, specially foreigners, to make sure that their documents are updated and that their visas are properly extended.

“If not, our offices nationwide numbering 60 can cater to your needs along with our one-stop-shop,” she assured.

Tansingco, she said, had ordered that the full force of the immigration bureau be available to serve the expected volume of passengers, both arriving and departing, in connection with the observance of All Saints’ Day and ‘All Souls’ Day as well as the Yuletide season.

According to Sandoval, while the number of air passengers is far from reaching the pre-pandemic figures, there is a notable continued increase now that ports have been opened and travel restrictions are eased.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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