A new batch of immigration officers graduated under the Bureau of Immigration's (BI) Philippine Immigration Academy (PIA).
A total of 75 new personnel were formally recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Monday.
BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that the 75 underwent a new fast-tracked course that aims to provide “a brief and concise learning experience” for new IO's who will serve as frontliners in the country's premier airports.
All immigration officers undergo training under the BI-PIA on immigration laws, rules, and procedures. The academy is located in Clark, Pampanga, but the new officers were trained in-house at the NAIA to provide a more holistic, on-the-ground training.
The new IO's were trained in the latest and best practices in the migration industry and are prepared to be deployed immediately after the course.
Tansingco shared that he ensured that soft skills were included as part of the training, to improve the manner that immigration officers conduct their duties.
75 graduate under BI's academy
The new graduates were made up of 22 females and 53 males. The ceremony was joined by Secretary of Justice Jesus Crispin Remulla, who served as guest of honor and speaker.
“I am proud to have been given an opportunity to address you this morning,” said Remulla in his speech. “Soldiers you are, warriors you are, but given a task sometimes called so mundane, but actually very significant at a time when terrorism other crimes have crossed borders without limit. You are the ones who limit the movement of people who will not do our country good favor,” he added.
According to Tansingco, the additional personnel will address the manpower needs at the airports and different offices of the BI.
“As we continually recover from the woes of the covid-19 pandemic, we need a new breed of officers to cope with the increasing volume of passengers,” he said. “We also trust that through this action, we strengthen our drive to combat human trafficking and thwart the entry of unwanted aliens in our borders,” he added.
The 75 officers adds to the almost 1,000 personnel deployed in various international airports.
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