Immigration bureau gets big boost


The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday introduced new measures to expedite its departure procedures in a bid to further ease the travel experience of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said in a statement that he personally received six tablets and six bar code readers that BI personnel at the airport could use to check the legitimacy and validity of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) E-cards (OEC).

The new gadgets will also help in screening and intercepting fraudulent documents and information being given to some OFW.

The E-cards serves as the exit clearance of OFWs from the country and also allows members to avail OWWA services faster, allow use of the mobile application and may be used as a permanent government-issued ID.

According to Medina, the gadgets would let BI personnel assigned at the airport to conduct pre-screening of OFW even before they arrived at the counters.

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