Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina yesterday announced that top Immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been reshuffled as part of a continuing effort to professionalize its employees to improve its service to the traveling public.
Medina said over 20 BI supervisors and intelligence officers currently assigned at NAIA’s three terminals were affected by the recent reshuffle.
Medina said the personnel assignment orders of the reshuffled employees were issued by immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente last week after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved the BI’s request for exemption to the ban on the transfer of government workers during the election period.
Medina added that he asked Morente to implement the reshuffle in order to “give the affected officials the chance to assume new job functions and responsibilities that will foster their career advancement and develop their capabilities as border control officers of the country.”
Among those affected by the revamp were the Cchief of the Airport Operations Section, Port Operations Division deputy heads, BI NAIA Terminal supervisor, head of the BI’s Border Control and Intelligence Unit, and members of the BI’s Special Operations and Communications Unit.
The routine reshuffle, according to Morente, is part of his policy to “shake up the system” to prevent fraternization and corruption.
“Top officers managing the BI personnel at the airports are not exempt from this policy,” said Morente.
“Apart from reshuffling our frontline officers, we also have a rotation system for heads to encourage fresh ideas on how to improve terminal management,” he added.
It can be recalled that 514 Immigration officers have been reshuffled in NAIA earlier this year.
With Jerry S. Tan