Immigration personnel at airports now banned from using cellphones at work; Authorities hope this will curb corrupt practices

Erring employees now have one less gadget to use when communicating with illegal aliens.

GMA News Online reports that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has issued a new directive banning immigration personnel assigned to airports from using their cellphones while on duty.


The report explained that under the bureau's new policy, "BI employees assigned to airports will have to deposit their cellphones in pigeonhole-type lockers or with their supervisors for temporary custody." The employees covered by the rule are "immigration officers assigned to the airport's arrival and departure counters; team leaders of the BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU); and acting immigration officers and confidential agents at the Filipino counters."


BI Officer in Charge Siegfred Mison said the directive was prompted by recent incidents caught on surveillance cameras showing some BI using their phones to facilitate "the entry of blacklisted aliens and exit of human trafficking victims and foreign fugitives."


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