Passengers kind lengthy queues to the immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has employed 70 new immigration officers to lower queues at Manila’s airport as the height season for journey looms.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente on Wednesday stated the officers have been already in place at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Before the year ends, we expect to hire hundreds more immigration officers who will be deployed at the NAIA and other international airports throughout the country,” he stated.

This inflow of new officers is in preparation for the height vacationer season from November to April.

Mr Morente added that one other 70 officers had been employed and would begin their coaching inside every week.

The new manpower consists of candidates from Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. Most of them are “old timers” —or former contractual staff who’ve now been given everlasting employment.

“This time we made sure that these old-timers, who for so long had persevered in their work as contractual employees, are finally rewarded for their services by including them in our roster of permanent employees,” Mr Morente added.

As we’ve got beforehand reported, retention of customs and immigration workers has been a problem for the BI this yr, due to the scrapping a scheme whereby “express lane” charges have been used to bolster staff’ pay.

Wage reductions of up to 50 per cent have led to a rash of absenteeism, with 1,759 staff requesting sick depart in June and July alone.

In different instances, officers have merely not turned up for work, main to ever worsening congestion. Furthermore, there have been 26 resignations from January to March this yr, in contrast to solely 5 in the identical interval final yr.

The pay lower follows a call to scrap a pay-boosting scheme that was applied in 1988. When the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was BI commissioner, she launched the categorical lane service at the NAIA, with earnings used to cowl time beyond regulation and bonuses, serving to workers safe wages of up to 50,000 pesos a month.

Because of this scheme, low wage grade staff — who can earn as little as 6,000 pesos per thirty days as primary pay — obtained respectable wages till final December.

However, when President Duterte handed the 2017 national finances, he scrapped the categorical line fund.

Source: philippineslifestyle