BUREAU of Immigration officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other major ports were banned from going on leave before, during and after Holy Week to ensure adequate personnel are on hand to serve the traveling public during the holidays.
Information gathered from the office of BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division (POD) Grifton Medina said a memorandum is set to issued stating that airport office will no longer entertain applications for vacation and forced leaves for period March 20 until April 15.
Medina said the order is due to the expected influx and exodus of large numbers of international travelers during the long Lenten break.
Normally a week before the Holy Week, there is a rise in number of departing travelers and passenger arrivals.
Morente earlier said should the need arises, the BI is ready to temporarily deploy to the NAIA and other airports during the holidays some Immigration officers currently detailed in other BI offices in and outside of Metro Manila and the 100 IOs presently undergoing Basic Immigration Officer Course at the Philippine Immigration Academy.
The BI chief said in the previous observance of Lenten season, he already issued personnel orders reassigning several Immigration officers to the airports in Clark, Mactan, and Kalibo which needed manpower augmentation due to the opening of additional flights.