Immigration chief moves top airport personnel around


NAIA terminal 3. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—To help get rid of scalawags in its ranks, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reshuffled 19 officials assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and seven other airports.

BI Officer in Charge Siegfred Mison said he assigned new personnel to man 12 key posts at Naia’s four terminals, while seven others were named acting head supervisors of the other airports.

“This is just the start of a major revamp that was initiated to further improve our operations at the airports, deter corruption and bolster the campaign against human trafficking and human smuggling in our ports of entry,” Mison said in a statement.

He said the reshuffle was also aimed at enhancing the BI campaign to stop suspected human trafficking victims from leaving, and illegal and undesirable aliens from entering the country.


BI personnel at the airports will also be rotated on a regular basis to prevent “fraternization, which has been tagged as a major source of corruption among employees,” Mison said.

He said immigration officer Ma. Carmelita Vitan was now acting chief of the bureau’s airport operations division (AOD), which oversees BI’s activities at Naia and all the other international airports.

Eddie Santelices and Chona Marie Keyser were named AOD deputy chiefs for operations and administration, respectively, while lawyer Floro Balato Jr. was designated head of the travel control and enforcement unit, Mison said.

He said Dennis Opiña, Rogelio Siapian, Mary Ann Velasco and Jaime de Guzman were named head supervisors of Naia 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, and their deputies are Nenita Inciong, Jemma Driz, Ricardo Sarao and Sheila Rosacay.

He added that he had also appointed new head supervisors of airports outside Manila: Ma. Rhodora Abrazaldo (Clark), Francis Oca (Laoag), Marlene Pedrealba (Mactan), Nimfa Edroso (Davao), Arlen Racho (Kalibo), Noel Bangeles (Iloilo), and Milagros Repulda (Zamboanga).

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  • Mark

    Reshuffled (balasa) lang, BI Officer in Charge Siegfred Mison walang kwenta ung ginawa mo, eh kung kargahan nyo ng spy camera ang mga immigration booth at areas of concern ng mahuli nyo ang mga DOROBONG immigration officials. Lagyan nyo din ng simple camera with audio para may habol ang mga travellers natin kung sakaling ayaw silang paalisin kasi nagpapahiwatig ng pera ang mga immigration officals.

    • gisingpinoy12

      Mr. Mison…Ok itong komendasyon ni Mark. Markinig Ka ng magising mga dorobo jan.

  • Edmund Labuguen

    sa mga komento ng mga mambabasa dito… masasabi nating ganito kawalang tiwala ang mga tao sa mga immigration officers natin… hanggang palabas ng airport.. mga mukhang pera mga tao diyan….. bwisit…

  • tadasolo

    Another musical chair. Fire them all and star fresh

  • Guest

    bakit walang nakakasuhan at napaparusahan na tiwaling immigration officers? talaga nga naman.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Nilipat lang ng pagagatasan baka ang mga empleyado ng BI pero ganun pa rin nanggagatas pa rin!

  • Noel

    Moving and reshuffling personnel is useless if most are corrupt. A corrupt official is corrupt anywhere.

  • Bidoyski

    Mga airport police dyan grabe din kacorrupt.

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