BI to suspend prov’l operations, disinfect offices during Holy Week

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) will be suspending some of its provincial operations nationwide during the Holy Week to conduct disinfection in its offices.

This was learned from BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval, who said that regular operations, will resume on April 13 unless the national government says otherwise.

Sandoval said its smaller field offices will be temporarily closed to allow these offices to conduct much-needed disinfecting following the spread of COVID-19, in a move aimed to protect both BI personnel and the transacting public from contracting the disease.

Earlier on, the BI placed its men on skeletal force, following the enhanced community quarantine, following a careful study and making sure it will not affect operations.

​It was noted that most BI offices have zero to two transactions per day due to the quarantine, add to the fact that most international airports have also temporarily ceased operation.

BI offices nearest operating international airports, as well as its main office in Intramuros, will remain open to cater to urgent matters, Sandoval said.

Many of the foreign nationals who are leaving depart via sweeper flights organized by their embassies so that key offices shall remain open to coordinate this, including airport and seaport operations.

Foreign nationals may contact the BI's National Operations Center through phone numbers +63285243769 and +63284652400 or via email at xinfo@immigration.gov.ph, immigPH@gmail.com or binoc_immigration@hotmail.com. Its social media accounts Facebook.com/officialbureauofimmigration and Facebook.com/immigration.helpline.ph are likewise available for queries.