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Tansingco hopes for passage of new BI law before SONA

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco expressed high hopes that the new law modernizing the agency will be passed soon by Congress.

The BI chief particularly said he hopes that the bill will be approved on third reading prior to the President’s State of the Nation Address.

His pronouncement came after receiving news from the House of Representatives that political parties committed to pass the remaining priority bills.

The proposed immigration bill is seen as the solution to current BI woes, as it seeks to upgrade the country’s 83-year-old immigration law.

Aside from the updates on visa types and penalties, the new law would also ensure the income augmentation for the salaries of BI employees.

“The move would greatly benefit employees that are stuck with low salaries and would allow the agency to recruit fresh graduates from good schools to join government service,” Tansingco said.

Earlier on, the BI said that the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) identified the proposed immigration modernization law as a priority measure.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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