THREE E-GATES AT MCIA TO HAS­TEN PRO­CESS­ING OF PAS­SEN­GERS

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /CORRES PONDENT JESSA MAE O. SOT TO

THREE new elec­tronic gate (e-gate) ma­chines at the Mac­tan Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MCIA) are ex­pected to cut the pro­cess­ing time of ar­riv­ing Filipino trav­el­ers.

Nel­son Gal­lentes, chief of the Bu­reau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI) at MCIA, said at least three Elec­tronic Gates (e-gate) ma­chines were in­stalled at the Ter­mi­nal 2 that would ad­dress the long queues of ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers be­cause it would pro­vide speedy pro­cess­ing of these pas­sen­gers.

"This will shorten the pro­cess­ing time to clear pas­sen­gers at the im­mi­gra­tion coun­ters," said Gal­lentes in Ce­buano.

In­stead of the usual im­mi­gra­tion counter pro­ce­dure, Gal­lentes said trav­el­ers would only need to scan their pass­ports to the e-gate ma­chine and walk through its spe­cial gate for fa­cial recog­ni­tion and have their fin­ger­print scanned.

"Ang iyang fea­tures kay ha­los pare­has ra sa usual. Duna siyay fa­cial recog­ni­tion, fin­ger­print scan, maka-com­pare ni siya sa data nga naa sa atong data­base," he said.

Gal­lentes said the usual 20-minute man­ual im­mi­gra­tion check­ing would be short­ened into at least 8 to 15 sec­onds with the help of the new sys­tem.

Gal­lentes also said the new equip­ment could only ac­com­mo­date Filipino pas­sen­gers with their Philip­pine pass­ports reg­is­tered since 2016.

As for for­eign­ers, Gal­lentes said they would have to un­dergo the usual man­ual check­ing to the counter by im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers.

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