BI needs 100 more personnel

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has announced it is hiring 100 more personnel to man the international airports and seaports across the country.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the hiring of new immigration officers is part of the agency’s drive to strengthen border control and improve its services to the traveling public.

“The 100 items are for Immigration Officer I positions with Salary Grade Level 11. You must be a graduate of a four-year course, and have a Career Service Professional Second Level Eligibility from the Civil Service,” Morente was quoted as saying in a statement issued Monday.

“We see the lack of manpower as one of the primary impediments in delivering a more efficient government service. Through this hiring, we intend to provide faster and smoother processing in our ports,” he added.

He further stated that the incoming officers, once hired, will undergo rigorous training under the agency’s Center for Training and Research before deployment.

They will also have to pass examinations before being deployed.

“They will be housed at the Philippine Immigration Academy in Clark, Pampanga where they will undergo a two-month training on immigration laws and procedures. After which, they will be assigned in different BI offices as on-the-job trainees,” he said.

“We will only deploy immigration officers who will pass the immigration officers’ course. Being an immigration officer is not easy both physically and mentally. That is also why we will only employ the best of the best,” he added.

Interested applicants may visit the website to lodge their application, Morente said.

He added that the BI is continuously hiring to ensure that the upcoming new international airports are fully manned.

It can be recalled that four months ago, the bureau deployed 67 newly-hired immigration officers to the country’s ports and sub-ports.

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