Immigration reduces on-site workforce

Updated at 12:04 am

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) downgraded its on-site workforce to 30 percent in response to the spike of Covid-19 infections among its personnel.

In an advisory signed by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the reduced workforce will be implemented until January 22.

The BI earlier reported that a total of 251 of its personnel have been infected with Covid-19. Of the said active cases, 135 are assigned at the airport, 91 at its main office in Intramuros, and 25 in other bureau offices.

The BI also reported that a total of 269 of their airport personnel are quarantined and awaiting testing results.

“The high number of BI personnel getting sick with Covid-19 is really affecting our operations,” said Morente, who sought Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s approval to lower the number of on-site employees in compliance with directives from Malacañang.

He stressed that despite the reduced workforce, all BI offices shall continue to be open during weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Employees working off-site shall observe the guidelines for applicable alternative work arrangements as set by the Civil Service Commission.

The advisory also stated that fully vaccinated clients are exempted from the Bureau’s Online Appointment System upon presentation of their vaccination card or certification. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated clients are advised to continue securing their appointment online.

Registered visiting foreigners reporting for the Annual Report 2022 are also required to secure an appointment online.