THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has implemented a new biometrics system to detect and stop the entry of undesirable aliens into the Philippines.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the new software, called Border Control Information System (BCIS), has been installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after it was tested in other airports across the country.
“Each time a passenger’s face is captured by camera and his fingers scanned, the results are automatically cross-matched with the passport image and images in the BI database, where the personal details of persons with derogatory records are stored,” Morente said.
BCIS is used in processing passengers entering and exiting the Philippines’ international airports.
“Aside from speeding up the passenger’s processing time, the system can detect attempts by fugitives and terrorists to enter the country,” he said.
The BCIS computers are equipped with cameras and finger scanner devices that all passengers must past through before they enter and leave the country.
It was first tested on the country’s international airports — Mactan-Cebu, Clark, Kalibo and Davao, before it was installed at the NAIA. ASHLEY JOSE