The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deploy an additional 160 immigration personnel as five major airlines are set to transfer from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to NAIA Terminal 3.
The Terminal 3 head, Mary Ann Velasco, on Thursday said the additional immigration officers will beef up existing personnel for the expected influx of travelers at the terminal.
“We have augmented our existing manpower complement in NAIA 3 to properly meet the influx of passengers from additional flights,” Velasco added.
To be deployed are immigration officers, intelligence agents, security personnel and administrative staff.
The deployment, as well as arrival of new equipment in August, coincides with the airlines’ transfer from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.
BI chief Siegfred Mison said the new immigration officers will have completed the six-week immigration officers’ course by the time of the transfer of all five airlines.
He added that he is confident that a group of “highly trained and professional immigration officers” will soon strengthen the ranks of airport staff at Terminal 3.
Mison said the first scheduled flights that moved to Terminal 3 were Delta Air Lines flights DL473 and DL629 that had arrived from Narita and Nagoya, both in Japan, also on Thursday.