REGIONAL NEWS: Immigration office to use modern technology to monitor foreigners

By Venus H. Sarmiento


DAGUPAN CITY – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is bent on using modern technology like the biometrics system to monitor the entrance and exit of foreigners, tourists and alien residents in the country.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo Davis said this during his visit to the Immigration office in Pangasinan on Friday.

“Due to the influx of tourists, it is very difficult to monitor foreign nationals who have almost the same names,” he said adding that the biometrics will help distinguish the fingerprints, facial features, birth dates and other identification marks of every foreigner.

The system will also help ensure that the aliens comply with the status they applied for and that they do not violate immigration laws.

“Kung tourist lang ang status, dapat hindi nagtatrabaho (If the status is only a tourist, he should not be working),” he explained.

David said this monitoring is necessary to keep up with the vision of President Benigno Aquino III to increase the number of tourists by making the country attractive to them, which could be achieved if employees will be respectful, courteous and helpful to tourists upon their arrival at the airports and all throughout their stay in the Philippines.

He said BI employees and even the office itself should be clean and presentable because they cater to foreign nationals who will bring the impression on what they saw here back to their country.

David was in town to personally look into the operations of the Pangasinan office, which he found very efficient in their report and collection duties.#