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Friday, November 02, 2018

To Avoid Offloading, Pre-Screening Counters for OFWs, Travellers Abroad to be Open in All International Airports


To avoid unjust offloading the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will open pre-screening counters in all international airport terminals in the country. According to BI, the opening of the pre-screening desk was a proposal from former Special Assistant to President Christopher Bong Go. It aims to avoid unjust offloading of OFWs traveling as a tourist as well as international bound passengers.  BI said there's a report about the increasing number of deferred passengers and unjust offloading of OFWs and it should be addressed, the reason why they adopt the suggestion of Go.   Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the common reason of offloading is the incomplete documents upon the assessment of the immigration forward counters. However, he said that there are alarming incidents regarding certain immigration official involved in alleged unjust offloading of an OFWs who departs as a tourist.   Morente believes that Go's suggestion could be a solution to the problem especially for OFWs who fails in the assessment of their travel and other requirements for their travel and work abroad. Sometimes he said it affects OFWs especially those who travel for the first time as a tourist but could not explain the purpose of their travel.  Under normal procedures, all Philippine passport holders pass through the immigration forward counters for departure formalities. If the immigration officer finds a problem and the passenger cannot explain the purpose of travel, he or she will be referred to another screening after 45 seconds before they are finally cleared to travel.  Aside from unjust offloading pre-screening counters can also shorten long lines in the immigration counters and would contribute to the smooth and faster departure procedures for international-bound travelers.   BI added, two pre-screening desks will be set up at NAIA 3 as initial implementation but eventually, all international airport terminals will be covered. It said that pre-screening desk can accommodate up to 2,000 international-bound passengers daily.   Under the guidelines, a "Balik Manggagawa OFW with a valid visa and existing work contract with his current employer who intends to go to other countries while on vacation is considered a tourist and allowed to travel according to the guidelines for tourist passengers.
To avoid unjust offloading the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will open pre-screening counters in all international airport terminals in the country. According to BI, the opening of the pre-screening desk was a proposal from former Special Assistant to President Christopher Bong Go. It aims to avoid unjust offloading of OFWs traveling as a tourist as well as international bound passengers.
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 BI said there's a report about the increasing number of deferred passengers and unjust offloading of OFWs and it should be addressed, the reason why they adopt the suggestion of Go. 

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Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the common reason of offloading is the incomplete documents upon the assessment of the immigration forward counters. However, he said that there are alarming incidents regarding certain immigration official involved in alleged unjust offloading of an OFWs who departs as a tourist. 
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Morente believes that Go's suggestion could be a solution to the problem especially for OFWs who fails in the assessment of their travel and other requirements for their travel and work abroad. Sometimes he said it affects OFWs especially those who travel for the first time as a tourist but could not explain the purpose of their travel.

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Under normal procedures, all Philippine passport holders pass through the immigration forward counters for departure formalities. If the immigration officer finds a problem and the passenger cannot explain the purpose of travel, he or she will be referred to another screening after 45 seconds before they are finally cleared to travel.

To avoid unjust offloading the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will open pre-screening counters in all international airport terminals in the country. According to BI, the opening of the pre-screening desk was a proposal from former Special Assistant to President Christopher Bong Go. It aims to avoid unjust offloading of OFWs traveling as a tourist as well as international bound passengers.  BI said there's a report about the increasing number of deferred passengers and unjust offloading of OFWs and it should be addressed, the reason why they adopt the suggestion of Go.   Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the common reason of offloading is the incomplete documents upon the assessment of the immigration forward counters. However, he said that there are alarming incidents regarding certain immigration official involved in alleged unjust offloading of an OFWs who departs as a tourist.   Morente believes that Go's suggestion could be a solution to the problem especially for OFWs who fails in the assessment of their travel and other requirements for their travel and work abroad. Sometimes he said it affects OFWs especially those who travel for the first time as a tourist but could not explain the purpose of their travel.  Under normal procedures, all Philippine passport holders pass through the immigration forward counters for departure formalities. If the immigration officer finds a problem and the passenger cannot explain the purpose of travel, he or she will be referred to another screening after 45 seconds before they are finally cleared to travel.  Aside from unjust offloading pre-screening counters can also shorten long lines in the immigration counters and would contribute to the smooth and faster departure procedures for international-bound travelers.   BI added, two pre-screening desks will be set up at NAIA 3 as initial implementation but eventually, all international airport terminals will be covered. It said that pre-screening desk can accommodate up to 2,000 international-bound passengers daily.   Under the guidelines, a "Balik Manggagawa OFW with a valid visa and existing work contract with his current employer who intends to go to other countries while on vacation is considered a tourist and allowed to travel according to the guidelines for tourist passengers.
Aside from unjust offloading pre-screening counters can also shorten long lines in the immigration counters and would contribute to the smooth and faster departure procedures for international-bound travelers.

Read: These Are The Changes At the NAIA Airport That You Should Know


BI added, two pre-screening desks will be set up at NAIA 3 as initial implementation but eventually, all international airport terminals will be covered. It said that pre-screening desk can accommodate up to 2,000 international-bound passengers daily.

Under the guidelines, a "Balik Manggagawa OFW with a valid visa and existing work contract with his current employer who intends to go to other countries while on vacation is considered a tourist and allowed to travel according to the guidelines for tourist passengers.

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