July 09, 2020 at 11:10 pm
The Bureau of Immigration will install additional Closed Circuit Television cameras in all of the country’s international airports as part of efforts to improve its passenger monitoring capability, and prevent corruption among its port personnel.
BI Port Operations Acting Chief Grifton Medina disclosed that more than a hundred CCTV cameras were already installed at Terminals 2 and 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), and Clark International Airport (CIA).
According to Medina, the CCTVs operate 24-hours a day in all immigration counters at the arrival and departure areas of the four airports, where all activities and movements of people captured by the cameras are recorded on a real time basis.
Medina added that rehabilitation of old CCTVs previously installed at the NAIA Terminal 1 will soon be undertaken in the second phase of the project, which will be followed by the putting up of new cameras in several other international ports.
BI commissioner Jaime Morente welcomed the successful implementation of the project which, according to him, was launched in compliance with the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte who wanted the BI to institute more effective measures to monitor passenger movement at the airports, and the actions of immigration officers while they are on duty.