BI reshuffles 500 NAIA agents in anti-corruption move

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THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) last Thursday, March 8, rotated the postings of nearly 500 of its officers stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the country’s main gateway. The move is in line with a newly adopted three-month reshuffling program to discourage fraternization, which studies have identified as a major root of corruption in government, as well as improve productivity and service to the international traveling public. “As a result of this latest rotation, every immigration officer assigned at the NAIA was transferred from his or her presently assigned terminal to any one of the two other terminals at the airport. Henceworth, we shall be doing this every three months instead of every six months as previously practiced,” BI Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red A. Mariñaa said in a statement. Meanwhile, the BI has also started planning for the temporary deployment of BI officers in other ports to NAIA during the Holy Week period, a peak season for travel. — Dane Angelo M. Enerio