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Immigration bureau ramps up efforts to track illegal aliens hiding in provinces

In a statement on Sunday, the BI said it is hoping to investigate “far flung areas” of the Philippines after receiving reports that some illegal aliens are hiding there. The reestablished hotline also now accepts reports from unnamed individuals......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 19th, 2023

Sovereign shame

The government should recognize the possibility that Chinese workers in the country are committing espionage amid the escalating territorial friction in the West Philippine Sea. Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro raised the alarm, saying employees of mainly Chinese state firms may be engaged in potential “covert economic and information activities,” including propaganda operations, to sway public opinion in favor of the mainland. Among the workers on the watchlist are “the ones hired by Beijing’s state-run enterprises involved in public infrastructure projects,” according to Teodoro. The Department of National Defense said it is looking into clandestine dealings “happening in the background.” “It’s the activities that we cannot see… that’s what alarms us,” the defense chief said. “The best way to weaken a country, rather than by an overt warlike function or disruption of [its] facilities, is really to take control of [its] internal economy, internal processes, and the like,” Teodoro pointed out. The records of Chinese migrants in the country are inadequate based on previous Senate hearings. No government agency was able to provide the Senate, for instance, with an accurate number of illegal Chinese workers, indicating that they are not being monitored. Labor agencies have also failed to keep track of how many foreign workers are in jobs that, by mandate of the Constitution, should be for Filipinos only. Under the law, foreigners are only allowed to work in jobs that require highly specialized skills and where no Filipinos are deemed competent to do them. During the Senate probe, it was also discovered that as many as 119,000 Chinese nationals who came to the country as tourists are now residents and have jobs in violation of labor regulations. Chinese tourists, through some “gainful” means, were able to obtain special work permits from the Bureau of Immigration. They now work in very diverse areas such as Metro Manila, Clark, Subic, Cagayan and Cagayan de Oro. In one of the inquiries, a Department of Labor and Employment official explained that the special permits were issued without the need for an Alien Employment Permit, or AEP, because the nature of the employment was temporary, lasting from three to six months. The loose process, thus, has allowed foreign workers to enter the country practically unbridled. Senators questioned the discrepancy between the AEPs issued and the number of Chinese workers in the country. Independent sources said that as many as 200,000 to 400,000 Chinese workers are in the country. Four different agencies issue different permits that make the situation worse. The biggest insult by China is that its propaganda work against the Philippines and other opponents in the territorial conflicts is done in this country. Facebook recently removed two networks of fake accounts that were spreading government propaganda, one originating in China and the other in the Philippines. Taken down were 155 Facebook accounts, 11 pages, nine groups and seven Instagram accounts traced to China, and 57 accounts, 31 pages and 20 Instagram accounts based in the Philippines. Such operations breach Facebook’s rules against “coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government entity.” The Chinese network used faces created through an AI technique known as GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks). Facebook was able to trace the origins of the accounts because of their visual signatures. “This form of AI is readily available online, and its use (or abuse) by covert operations has exploded in the last year,” according to a report on the social media platform. Identified were a dozen GAN-generated images from the Chinese propaganda operation. Teodoro, who has access to a wealth of information, in revealing the supposed operations being conducted by the Chinese in the country’s backyard, virtually confirmed the problem has reached alarming proportions. It would be easy for the government to keep track of foreign workers if only the appropriate agencies would resist the seduction of human smuggling. In accepting bribes to let the aliens skirt the law, these officials and functionaries have placed our national security at risk. The post Sovereign shame appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2023

Chronic bureaucratic lapses

The entire bureaucracy suffers from serious lapses. Let’s borrow the phrase, “seven deadly sins,” as a handle to better understand how they indicatively fail to inform public policy on what government “should do or should not do,” to wit: First: “Tight fiscal space.” A little over 60 percent of GDP (gross domestic product) is reserved for foreign lending institutions with which the country has huge borrowings. Consequently, the government has to make do with the remaining less than 40 percent in terms of public spending. It’s no urban legend that about 45 percent of these allocable public funds is siphoned off due to massive corruption across all levels of government. Second: “Good governance.” The term, as often used, is an oxymoron. Whenever presidential appointees in any line department, agency, or bureau introduce reforms or new management ideas into state affairs, it’s unfortunate that outcomes and impacts go in the opposite direction — or bad governance overshadowing good. Isn’t it a paradox that the “top brass” of the Manila International Airport Authority were dismissed by the Ombudsman even as key stakeholders and captains of industry (i.e., the Makati Business Club) vetted and vouched for their performance par excellence on the job? Contrivedly, a purely management issue just shouldn’t be within the purview of the Ombudsman. For another, how is it that the housing program has become too costly for the government? Reportedly, P36 billion in interest is accrued by the government every year if one million houses are built. With a target of three million houses, the onerous interest is pegged at P100 billion every year, a “sunk cost” that the economy can ill afford to sustain. Why even start a program that demands that humongous amount of interest on a year-by-year basis? Third: “Street-level bureaucracy.” Nearly the whole range of public affairs appears to be manned by those we can compare to a typical traffic enforcer, gate guard, or utility aide, who, if given a chance to exercise a little authority, tend to behave as their actuations come directly from above. Fourth: “Tax hike.” Some strange mathematicians in Congress thought of taxing vehicles per kilo of weight, coupled with jacking up taxes on vehicle users by as much as 90 percent. Worse, how can there be an increase in the road users’ tax – year in and year out? Fifth: “45 seconds turnaround time.” This is the kind of rhetoric that rests on the “big bluff” or what one legislator calls a “promissory note,” or the carrot, to get what they want in their agency budgets. Scenes like offloading, missed flights, and logjams would never be a thing of the past since the Bureau of Immigration operationalized its new set of guidelines that are essentially racist, if not anti-poor, against outbound Filipino travelers, while sparing foreign travelers. Sixth: “Privatization overdrive.” There’s a dangerous pattern or trend of government aiming to privatize the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, all 45 casinos of PAGCOR, some mass transport systems (e.g., LRTs), and the toll expressways. Whether or not this privatization track is driven by the “gospel of efficiency” is another story.  More likely, it’s because it opens doors to raising “windfall capital” and making available “alternative investments.” Seventh: “Multiple allotments.” As if a mere afterthought, there are “double entries,” even multiple ones, in the National Expenditure Plan that bloat the budget and such entries by various agencies even insulate them from any accountability. This explains why what is budgeted — twice or thrice — cannot be disbursed over and over again, not to mention the perennial failure of most line departments to fully utilize their budgets. In the voluminous General Appropriations Act the President signs, every budget cycle has become a “hiding place” for public funds that only trained eyes can declassify as “significant others,” for lack of a better term. It isn’t remote to say that when an agency prepares its budget, it knows under which item in its “shopping list” the money is. The post Chronic bureaucratic lapses appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2023

BI chief slams deputy over ‘unauthorized’ statements

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco on Tuesday slammed his deputy commissioner following the statements regarding the agency’s alleged plans for an amnesty for illegal aliens. Tansingco stressed that the statements made by BI Deputy Commissioner Daniel Laogan were “unauthorized, baseless and careless” as he maintained that no such proposal has been submitted by the BI. He added that the amnesty would require a new law passed by Congress as the BI is an implementing agency and does not have the authority to make such decisions on its own. To recall, Laogan had earlier been quoted in a news report that an amnesty was planned and that a draft proposal had been sent to the Department of Justice. He had also said that the amnesty would generate P2 billion in penalties and fines, and that there are approximately 500,000 illegal aliens currently in the country. Tansingco said that Laogan’s statements had caused confusion and anxiety among illegal aliens in the Philippines, and that they have even led to unscrupulous groups on social messaging apps selling slots for the supposed amnesty. He also reiterated that there is no amnesty plan on the table at this time, and that anyone who is considering paying for a slot in an illegal amnesty is being scammed as he urged illegal aliens to seek legal counsel if they are interested in applying for amnesty and to only do so through official channels. The post BI chief slams deputy over ‘unauthorized’ statements appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2023

UNITED AND PRODUCTIVE House of Representatives

  Given its record harvest of legislation, the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez concluded the First Regular Session of the 19th Congress on a high note.   Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez Speaker - 19th Congress, House of Representatives   First Regular Session Legislative Accomplishments   BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES   LEDAC Priority Bills: SIM Registration Act (RA 11934) Postponement of Barangay and SK Elections to October 2023 (RA 11935) Amending the Fixed Term of the AFP Chief of Staff and other High-Ranking Officials (RA 11939) Agrarian Reform Debts Condonation (RA 11953) Maharlika Investment Fund (RA 11954) Magna Carta of Seafarers E-Governance Act / E-Government Act Negros Island Region Virology Institute of the Philippines Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act National Disease Prevention Management Authority or Center for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Reserve Corps Philippine Passport Act Internet Transaction Act / E-Commerce Law Waste-to-Energy Bill Free Legal Assistance for Police and Soldiers Apprenticeship Act Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers Valuation Reform Eastern Visayas Development Authority Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery National Citizens Service Training Program Rightsizing the National Government National Land Use Act 30-Year National Infrastructure Program Department of Health Specialty Centers Act/Regional Specialty Hospitals Ease of Paying Taxes Local Government Unit Income Classification Amendment to Universal Health Care Act Bureau of Immigration Modernization Act Philippine Salt Industry Development Act   Social Impact Bills: HB 5001 - No exam fees in private HEIs for underprivileged students who rank in the top 10 in high school HB 00005 - On-site, in-city, near city, and off-city resettlement program based on people's plan HB 0227 - Protection and welfare of caregivers HB 00988 - Increasing service incentive leave HB 00454 - Enhanced protection, security, and benefits for media workers HB 4477 - Greater responsibility and accountability from private employment agencies, amending Batas Kasambahay HB 04479 - Expanding prohibited acts of discrimination against women on account of sex, amending Labor Code HB 06416 - Strengthening mental health services of state universities and colleges HB 06483 - Abolition of "no permit, no exam" practice in college HB 06509 - Free legal assistance to uniformed personnel for the performance of duty HB 06492 - Freedom of Religion Act HB 00206 - Lowering the optional retirement age of government workers from 60 to 56 HB 06574 - Promotion and delivery of mental health services in basic education HB 06572 - Establishment of public schools of the future in technology HB 06680 - Free full insurance coverage to all qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries HB 01270 - Protection and promotion of the welfare of workers in the film, television, and radio entertainment industry HB 06716 - Mandating the establishment of fisherfolk resettlement areas HB 06718 - Protection and incentives for freelance workers HB 07354 - Evacuation centers in every city and municipality HB 04605 - Right of married women to retain their maiden surnames HB 06772 - Presidential power to suspend or adjust PhilHealth premium increases HB 07387 - Expanding the services for crop insurance HB 07535 - P1 million for centenarians HB 07561 - Mandatory insurance coverage and benefits for all line workers HB 07584 - Abolition of "no permit, no exam" in elementary and secondary classes HB 07909 - Extension of estate tax amnesty HB 07718 - Strengthening the law against illegal recruitment     Quote (SFMGR):   “As the House of Representatives amply demonstrated, we remain committed to implementing policies that will further stimulate economic activity, attract investments, and generate employment opportunities for our fellow Filipinos. We will not allow any distraction to derail our efforts at finding appropriate and timely solutions to the problems affecting the lives of our people.”   House Leaders:   Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio "Dong" D. Puno Deputy Speakers: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Isidro T. Ungab Roberto V. Puno Camille A. Villar Kristine Singson-Meehan Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza Ralph G. Recto Vincent Franco "Duke" D. Frasco Majority Leader Manuel Jose "Mannix" M. Dalipe Minority Leader Marcelino C. Libanan Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander "Sandro" A. Marcos The post UNITED AND PRODUCTIVE House of Representatives appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2023

Recruiters warned: Shape up or else

The Bureau of Immigration on Thursday issued a warning to recruiters in the country to stop the practice of enticing people looking for jobs abroad to present visas for tourism. BI commissioner Norman Tansingco’s warning comes following the agency’s intercepted cases of human trafficking at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where victims were made to pose as tourists bound for Singapore but upon secondary inspection, the victims were found to be actually bound for the United Arab Emirates where they were illegally recruited to work.   The BI chief said that their officers were able to access a system that allows them to verify certain concealed visas.   The BI chief disclosed that on 16 July, a 19-year-old female victim was intercepted at NAIA Terminal 1 after presenting herself as an employee of a local company in the Philippines, but it was found out that she was recruited via social media to work in Dubai for a club resort. On the following day, a 26-year-old female victim was also intercepted in the same terminal after initially claiming to be a businesswoman traveling to Singapore to attend the APEC international conference on recent developments in business marketing strategies. However, she later admitted to presenting dubious documents, which were all given to her by her recruiter outside the airport terminal. She was found to have a concealed visa to the UAE, where she was hired to work as a waitress. The BI chief said that their officers were able to access a system that allows them to verify certain concealed visas. Tansingco added that in this modern day and age, the old method of hiding sheets of folded visas can now be detected. “Our kababayans are warned not to agree to this illegal practice, which only puts them at risk of exploitation,” Tansingco said. Both women were immediately referred to the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking for debriefing and assistance in filing cases against their recruiters. The post Recruiters warned: Shape up or else appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 20th, 2023

CDC, BI set up real-time database

Clark Freeport — The Clark Development Corporation and the Bureau of Immigration have launched an in-house visa processing system using the Immigration bureau’s database. According to CDC’s Information Technology Department officer-in-charge Kristine Lauren Pattaui, the Electronic VISA Implementation System for Aliens or eVISA seamlessly integrates with the Electronic Business Account Registration System or e-BAR. She added that the system enables convenient online visa applications, organizing them on a first-come, first-served basis. The real-time interconnection of the CDC’s ITD in-house visa processing system with the BI database was developed by ITD’s Wendell Guina and Paul Dexter Bacani and the system enables real-time interconnection between CDC and BI, enhancing monitoring, screening and public service delivery. “The interconnection aims to streamline visa processing for foreign nationals in the Freeport, aligning with the government’s digitalization efforts and improving service delivery,” the developers said. Pattaui, meantime, highlighted the system’s convenience and accuracy, while Guina, an IT officer III, stressed the time-saving benefits it offers. The BI commended the creation of the system, citing that the real-time database connection will provide up-to-date information to the CDC. The BI expressed their commendation to the ITD during the signing of a memorandum of agreement on 13 July where discussions took place regarding the enhancement of digitalization, coordination and collaboration efforts. The post CDC, BI set up real-time database appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 16th, 2023

PAGCOR strikes vs Pampanga games hub

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation chairman and CEO Alejandro Tengco stated that the Sun Valley Clark Hub in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga is “no longer suitable to maintain its provisional accreditation, nor be issued full accreditation as an offshore gaming hub due to its failure to ensure lawful and orderly conduct of offshore gaming by its occupants in its registered sites.” It can be recalled that on 4 May 2023, an inter-agency search and rescue operation was conducted in Sun Valley after alleged criminal activities such as cryptocurrency investment scams, serious illegal detention and human trafficking activities were being linked to CGC, which occupies six buildings inside the offshore gaming hub. Of the six buildings, however, only two were accredited by PAGCOR.   Offshore gaming operators A POGO hub is a complex which houses the operations, logistical, administrative and support services of PAGCOR-licensed offshore gaming operators and service providers. Among the facilities found in a POGO hub are office and residential spaces, food establishments, grocery stores or supermarkets, health and wellness facilities, recreational facilities, among others.   Reminder With the cancellation of Sun Valley Clark Hub, Tengco again reminded PAGCOR’s offshore gaming operators and service providers to avoid any involvement in criminal activities, should they wish to retain their accreditations and licenses. “This serves as a warning to all our offshore gaming licensees and accredited service providers that PAGCOR is serious in its mission to uphold responsible and regulated gaming in the country. While we see the potential of offshore gaming in terms of our revenue-generation efforts, we do not condone their involvement in any criminal activity that violates the rights — not only of Filipinos but of other nationalities as well,” Tengco stressed.   Foreign nationals warned The PAGCOR chief likewise warned foreign nationals to be more cautious in accepting attractive online job offers in the Philippines, which fraudsters use as a strategy to engage in human trafficking. “PAGCOR would like to remind foreign nationals being offered attractive employment opportunities in the Philippines to check the credibility of the companies that they are applying in. By going the extra mile, they can protect themselves from possible scams and human trafficking activities,” he said. Tengco added that PAGCOR is continuously coordinating with its partner government agencies including the Office of the President, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Immigration to combat illegal activities linked to offshore gaming operations. The post PAGCOR strikes vs Pampanga games hub appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 31st, 2023

PAGCOR cancels accreditation of POGO hub in Pampanga

Following the recent cancellation of the accreditation of CGC Technologies’ -- an offshore gaming service provider based in Pampanga -- the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation likewise cancelled the provisional accreditation of Sun Valley Clark as an offshore gaming hub. PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro Tengco stated that the Sun Valley Clark Hub in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga is “no longer suitable to maintain its provisional accreditation, nor be issued a full accreditation as an offshore gaming hub due to its failure to ensure a lawful and orderly conduct of offshore gaming by its occupants in its registered sites.” On 4 May 2023, an inter-agency search and rescue operation was conducted in Sun Valley after alleged criminal activities such as cryptocurrency investment scams, serious illegal detention and human trafficking activities were linked to CGC, which occupied six buildings inside the offshore gaming hub. Of the six buildings, however, only two were accredited by PAGCOR. A POGO hub is a complex that houses the operations, logistical, administrative and support services of PAGCOR-licensed offshore gaming operators and service providers. Among the facilities found in a POGO hub are office and residential spaces, food establishments, grocery stores or supermarkets, health and wellness facilities and recreational facilities, among others. With the cancellation of Sun Valley Clark Hub, Tengco again reminded PAGCOR’s offshore gaming operators and service providers to avoid any involvement in criminal activities, should they wish to retain their accreditations and licenses. “This serves as a warning to all our offshore gaming licensees and accredited service providers that PAGCOR is serious in its mission to uphold responsible and regulated gaming in the country. While we see the potential of offshore gaming in terms of our revenue-generation efforts, we do not condone their involvement in any criminal activity that violates the rights not only of Filipinos but of other nationalities as well,” Tengco added. The PAGCOR chief likewise warned foreign nationals to be more cautious in accepting attractive online job offers in the Philippines, which fraudsters use as a strategy to engage in human trafficking. “PAGCOR would like to remind foreign nationals who are being offered attractive employment opportunities in the Philippines to check the credibility of the companies that they are applying in. By going the extra mile, they can protect themselves from possible scams and human trafficking activities,” he said. Tengco added that PAGCOR is continuously coordinating with its partner government agencies including the Office of the President, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Immigration to combat illegal activities linked to offshore gaming operations. The post PAGCOR cancels accreditation of POGO hub in Pampanga appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 31st, 2023

DENR closes illegal Misamis Oriental mine

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday said it raided an illegal mining operation in Misamis Oriental and arrested 18 suspects, including five Chinese nationals. DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga said they also seized several heavy equipment, which have caused damage to roughly 7.6 hectares of land along the Iponan River in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Loyzaga said the raid was carried out by joint operatives from DENR Region 10 led by Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado and DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations-Mindanao Joselin Marcus Fragada, as well as the Mines and Geosciences Bureau; North Eastern Mindanao Regional Office of the National Bureau of Investigation; and special forces of the Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division. Reports of the illegal activities were first received by the field team of Adornado and were then confirmed through DENR’s satellite imagery at the DENR Central Office. The satellite imagery showed massive excavations and forest destruction. “I hope that the recently conducted joint operation and the succeeding monitoring and rehabilitation efforts will bring about positive changes and bring to life again the Iponan River,” Loyzaga said in a statement. “I am calling on concerned government agencies, other stakeholders and the communities along the Iponan River and elsewhere in the country to take consistent active measures to combat illegal mining operations in their area,” she added. The suspects were brought to the detention facility of the NBI North Eastern Mindanao Regional Office at Capitol Compound, Cagayan de Oro City and are now facing charges for violation of several environmental laws, including Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act, RA 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act, and Presidential Decree 705 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines. Loyzaga said they have created a national environment and natural resources geospatial database and are using space science and technology applications across the country. Early this year, the DENR partnered with the Philippine Space Agency to develop and generate maps, systems and tools that could monitor forest areas using satellite remote sensing, artificial intelligence and geographic information system. The DENR’s satellite image have allowed different government agencies to monitor and observe mining sites and confirm and track their activities. The post DENR closes illegal Misamis Oriental mine appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 19th, 2023

BI, CFO ink migration pact

The Bureau of Immigration and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement on the Shared Government Information System on Migration seen as a significant step towards enhancing migration management and public service. According to the BI, the agreement aims to provide a simplified and more efficient means of processing, collecting, verifying, and sharing information or data needed by both the CFO and the BI. Through system interoperability and real-time data sharing, services will be streamlined, ensuring efficient and effective public service. The agency added that this agreement seeks to address and eliminate illegal recruitment, human trafficking, and irregular migration incidents in the Philippines while generating accurate data on migration. During the signing ceremony, BI Commissioner Norman G. Tansingco highlighted the significance of the collaboration and the impact it will have on migration management. “The agreement reinforces their commitment to providing streamlined and efficient services to the public while safeguarding the rights and welfare of our fellow Filipinos,” said Tansingco. The BI chief added that by integrating their systems and sharing real-time data, they can effectively respond to the challenges posed by migration. “This MOA signifies the joint efforts of the CFO and the BI in addressing the challenges of migration and ensuring the well-being of Filipino migrants. By harnessing the power of technology and data, the system is expected to contribute to a more secure and efficient migration process,” Tansingco said. The post BI, CFO ink migration pact appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 17th, 2023

Report aliens’ activities, BI urges condo owners

Condominium building owners are being urged by Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco to report the illegal activities of foreign nationals in their communities or vicinity. The appeal comes after the Senate Committee on Women, Children, and Family Relations, chaired by Senator Risa Hontiveros, exposed that condominium units in Metro Manila are being used to house cryptocurrency scam operations. Tansingco said that both local law enforcement agencies and the Bureau have difficulty simply entering condominiums, as these are residential areas, unlike offices of companies. The BI chief reminded the owners of condo buildings that fighting trafficking is a shared responsibility of everyone, and Filipinos should report any illegal activities in their area to the appropriate Bureau and other local law enforcement agencies. He further warned owners that failure to report such activities could be considered harboring illegal aliens, which is considered a criminal offense under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, and violators may face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Tansingco said that if there are illegal aliens in your vicinity, report them to immigration or to the local law enforcement agencies. He added that the protectors of aliens doing illegal activities in the country are also liable under the law. The post Report aliens’ activities, BI urges condo owners appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 20th, 2023

BI warns: Be wary of illegal recruiters

The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday stressed that it will continue and intensify efforts in its campaign against human trafficking and unlawful recruiting despite the negative criticism the agency has gotten on social media. BI commissioner Norman Tansingco said that he instructed all BI officers to keep doing their duties with dignity and patriotism and stressed that social media ridicule will not deter them from performing their mandate to combat human trafficking in all international ports in the country. Tansingco promised that their campaign would not stop as long as these traffickers and unlawful recruiters preyed on those who were sent to work overseas without the required paperwork and government protection. The BI chief added that it appears that the syndicates themselves are behind a smear campaign against the Bureau, in the mistaken belief that it will prompt the bureau to relax and lie low in its campaign against trafficking. He also said that their officers are reminded to conduct their work professionally, and they also request that the traveling public return respect to their uniformed personnel. All BI officers had already been urged to continue performing their responsibilities despite the various difficulties they had faced in recent weeks. “I have asked them to stay focused on their jobs, because what we are doing is protecting our countrymen from being subjected to abuse and maltreatment in foreign lands,” Tansingco said. Recently, the BI reported intercepting three Filipino passengers suspected of being illegally recruited to Dubai via Hong Kong, thwarting another effort at human trafficking. The victims, whose names have been withheld for safety, attempted to depart the nation on 11 April using a Cathay Pacific flight at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. The passengers pretended to be tourists traveling to Hong Kong but eventually admitted that they had been hired as household service workers in Dubai. “The passengers presented certificates of local employment at a law firm, so as to intimidate and trick the immigration officials into thinking that they would be traveling for tourism purposes,” Tansingco said. “They later confessed that a certain Helen had promised them jobs as HSWs in Dubai and a salary of AED 1600,” he added. In addition, the victims revealed that they were intended to remain in Hong Kong while they awaited their visas for the United Arab Emirates. Following that, Tansingco reiterated earlier warnings not to fall for shady recruiters and human traffickers. The post BI warns: Be wary of illegal recruiters appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 19th, 2023

BI vows intensified anti-trafficking efforts

The Bureau of Immigration has called on all branches of the government to work together to end human trafficking and unlawful recruiting in the nation, stressing that the problem of trafficking should be addressed at the roots. BI commissioner Norman Tansingco stressed that while the agency can only apprehend victims when they come into contact with them in official ports, trafficking is not completely their responsibility as it occurs worldwide. He clarified that the BI is only one agency under the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking tasked with addressing the different aspects of human trafficking and illegal recruitment. Tansingco also responded to the recent statement of Senator Risa Hontiveros that the BI undergo an overhaul following reports of human trafficking. “We respect the opinion of the good senator, but the BI has stepped up its efforts to combat this societal ill,” he said. “In fact, we have recently implemented a major organizational overhaul following the deactivation of the BI’s port operations division,” Tansingco said. After the Department of Justice’s approval of Tansingco’s proposal to restructure and streamline the operating structure of their airport services, the BI reported the deactivation of the POD on 8 February. As a result of the change, the BI airport terminal chiefs are now directly accountable for the operation and management of their particular terminals, and the centralized authority over all airports is dismantled. The post BI vows intensified anti-trafficking efforts appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 12th, 2023

BI deports over 1,300 aliens in 2022

More than 1,300 illegal aliens were deported by the Bureau of Immigration in 2022, the BI reported over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2023

EDITORIAL - From pastillas to trafficking

If they are allowing the illegal entry of aliens into the country for a fee, it’s not surprising that at least 28 personnel of the Bureau of Immigration are now under investigation on accusations of involvement in human trafficking......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

BI: Over 500 illegal aliens nabbed in 2020

Government agents apprehended 510 foreigners for engaging in illegal activities last year, the Bureau of Immigration reported over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 26th, 2021

Foreign nationals in RP reminded of annual report deadline

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco announced that a total of 88,072 registered foreign nationals have already submitted themselves for annual report for the month of January, as he also reminded aliens holding immigrant and non-immigrant visas and those who were issued an alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) that they are […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2024

Delivery drivers urge Mayor Baste for business permit exemption

Title: Delivery Drivers Seek Exemption from Business Permit Requirement A group of delivery drivers in Davao is urging Mayor Sebastian Duterte to exempt them from the mandatory business permits. The drivers, including those from various delivery apps such as Grab and FoodPanda, are concerned about the financial burden imposed by the business permits, which range from P2,000 to P6,000. They argue that this requirement is unique to Davao City among all cities and provinces in the Philippines. Grab rider Rolando Atico emphasized the need for solidarity among all delivery drivers, regardless of the app they work for. He urged fellow drivers to support each other, as the financial impact may extend beyond just Grab and FoodPanda. Atico also requested Mayor Duterte to reconsider the requirement and reinstate the previous occupational permit, which only cost P125. The group is facing a 30-day deadline to obtain the business permits, and they are citing financial constraints as a reason for their request for an extension. Failure to comply could result in their removal from the delivery platforms, jeopardizing their livelihoods. Additionally, they are advocating for changes to Davao City's Revenue Code, proposing a model similar to Cebu City, where only an occupational permit is required. The drivers are also calling for an inquiry into the lack of transparency and unilateral actions of food delivery companies, particularly concerning rider capitalization and financial concerns. They believe that a thorough investigation will help ensure fairness and equity in their financial obligations and working relationship with the delivery companies. Maribel Paguican, the Business Bureau officer-in-charge, stated that non-certified delivery riders categorized as service contractors must obtain a business permit. She mentioned two permits for occupational and business activities, with a discounted structure for delivery riders. However, concerns have been raised about increased taxes, potentially ranging from P3,000 to P6,000, along with an additional tax on top of the declared income of P1,400. The delivery drivers' plea for exemption from the business permit requirement reflects their concerns about the financial impact and the potential threat to their livelihoods. Their call for solidarity and support from fellow drivers highlights the urgency of the situation. This story sheds light on the challenges faced by delivery drivers in Davao and the implications of the business permit requirement on their financial well-being. It also underscores their efforts to seek fairness and equity in their working relationship with the authorities and delivery companies......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2024

128 fugitive aliens wanted in their countries nabbed by BI in 2023

A total of 128 foreign fugitives who are wanted for various crimes in their homelands were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) last year. BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that based on a report from BI- fugitive search unit (FSU) head Rendel Ryan Sy, the alien fugitives were captured in various operations that the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 14th, 2024

171 alien sex offenders barred entry in 2023

A total of 171 foreign nationals with record of convictions or involvement in sex offenses were barred entry into the country in 2023 by Bureau of Immigration (BI) inspectors in the different ports of entry. Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the aliens were turned away pursuant to a provision in the immigration act which forbids […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 8th, 2024