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Agency upgrades processing of travel documents

The Bureau of Immigration said it has installed at least 171 passport readers, 160 desktop computers and 141 UPS units at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals.

“We are expecting 58 more passport readers and 40 computers to be delivered to Clark International Airport and Mactan-Cebu International Airport by February,”

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison said.

He said upgraded computers and scanners are expected to ease the lines at the country’s major international airports with passport scanners expediting document processing. 

“We must remain vigilant since we are expecting an influx of foreign visitors in the Philippines in January due to the papal visit,” Mison said.

He said immigration officers had to follow a 40-second rule in passport processing.

According to Mison, the upgrades also come in time for the country’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit this year.

“We have started our general preparation phase as early as October. Our preparations include planning the event, service training for TUI (Task Unit Immigration) personnel, and survey inspection areas of engagement,” he said.

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