Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco expressed gratitude to the members of the House of Representatives for approving on the 2nd reading the proposed immigration modernization law which will replace the 82-year-old law that governs the bureau’s operations.
“The men and women of the Bureau thank Congress for recognizing the need for a modernized immigration law.We operate on an 82-year-old law, and many of its provisions are no longer applicable in modern times. The passing of this new law is definitely a win for the Marcos administration,” he said.
Sponsored by Committee on Justice Chairperson Representative Juliet Marie Ferrer, the proposed law under House Bill 8203 has been tagged as a priority bill of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).
In her sponsorship speech, Ferrer stated that the proposed law is in line with the economic agenda of President Ferdinand Marcos ,Jr., even as she emphasized the importance of improving and modernizing immigration to stimulate economic growth, increase foreign investments, promote tourism, and create more employment opportunities.
The lawmaker also pointed out that immigration officers are among the lowest paid employees in government, with the position of IO 1 holding only Salary Grade 11.
The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Rufus Rodriguez, Elizaldy Co, Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr., Miguel Luis Villafuerte, Tsuyoshi Anthony Horibata, Marcelino Libanan, Marie Bernadette Escudero, Gus Tambunting, Pablo John Garcia and Noel Rivera.
Notably, both Representatives Libanan and Rodriguez previously served as Immigration Commissioners.