125 BI personnel at NAIA test negative for COVID-19

A TOTAL of 125 immigration personnel assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport all tested negative for COVID-19.

This good news was announced by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), after a second batch of rapid antibody-based testing was conducted for immigration personnel assigned at NAIA on Friday, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus among its ranks.

While all tested negative during the rapid testing, the BI said it will continue to implement strict protocols in the use of PPEs (personal protective equipment) in the conduct of our officers’ duties, as well as the implementation of strict social distancing in all its offices.

BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said in the testing, they prioritized officers with direct contact to COVID-19 passengers, senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions, officers who processed repatriation flights, as well as primary and secondary inspectors.

“We are targeting to roll out mass testing among our frontline officers who are one of the most at risk in contracting this virus, being the first that international travelers encounter during their arrival in the country,” Medina added.

It can be recalled that last April, 206 immigration officers assigned at NAIA and 150 personnel assigned at the BI’s Main Office tested negative for the virus.

It was learned that the said testing will be done on immigration officers nationwide.