NAIA im­mi­gra­tion E-Gates now op­er­a­tional

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By RUDY SAN­TOS

The Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI) in­stalled five E-Gate ma­chines last Thurs­day at the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NAIA) to scan pass­ports and cut the pro­cess­ing time of trav­el­ers to only 8 to 15 sec­onds per pas­sen­ger from the pre­vi­ous 45 sec­onds.

The E-Gates aim to en­hance the agency’s se­cu­rity ca­pa­bil­ity through ad­di­tional se­cu­rity checks, fa­cial recog­ni­tion, bio­met­ric scan­ning, bar code reader and smart card recog­ni­tion all rolled into one sys­tem.

Some 21 ma­chines would be in­stalled within the year, the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI) said.

Im­mi­gra­tion Com­mis­sioner Jaime Morente said the E-Gate is an ini­tia­tive in­tro­duced by the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) called Fast Travel pro­gram that will sim­plify and ef­fi­ciently im­prove clear­ing pro­cesses.

The ma­chine also aims to pro­vide the agency with ef­fi­ciency and ac­cu­racy in pin­point­ing cit­i­zens un­der watch list and/or per­sons of in­ter­est in im­mi­gra­tion for­mal­i­ties.

The new tech­nol­ogy was ini­tially in­stalled to check Filipino cit­i­zens at ar­rival for­mal­i­ties and soon BI will in­stall more ma­chine at the de­par­ture ar­eas.

He said that five units will be in­stalled at NAIA ter­mi­nal 3, three units at NAIA ter­mi­nal 2.

Mac­tan-Cebu will have five units, five at Clark and three at Davao In­ter­na­tional Air­port and soon all air­ports in the coun­try will have E-Gate ma­chines.

This project was funded by the na­tional govern­ment at P328,869,000.

Morente said that all ar­riv­ing Filipinos must have ma­chine read­able pass­ports.

For sec­ondary in­spec­tions, duty su­per­vi­sors and sec­ondary of­fi­cers are sta­tioned nearby for sig­nals or red lights from the E-Gates.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra, guest of honor and speaker last June when the BI in­tro­duced the E-Gate ma­chines, said that with the in­stal­la­tion of new ma­chines “we are ex­pect­ing fast travel and ac­cu­rate bor­der clear­ing sys­tem” that will elim­i­nate er­rors in pas­sen­gers’ ver­i­fi­ca­tion and pro­vide the bureau wth a quick sys­tem to de­tect per­sons of in­ter­est try­ing to cross the coun­try’s bor­ders.

JOEY VIDUYA

Tourism Sec­re­tary Berna Ro­mulo-Puyat (6th from left) leads Peo­pleAsia’s Women of Style and Sub­stance dur­ing an awards night at the Grand Hy­att Manila. This year’s awardees in­clude (from left) broad­cast journalist Zen Her­nan­dez, Go Negosyo ad­viser Ging­gay Hon­tiveros-Mal­var, Kaayo’s Marga No­grales, BPI Foun­da­tion’s Mari­cris San Diego, Sin­ga­porean Am­bas­sador Kok Li Peng, singer Moris­sette, Miss Uni­verse-Philip­pines 2018 Ca­tri­ona Gray, me­dia ex­ec­u­tive Tootsy An­gara, Ad­vance Pa­per Corp. founder Con­nie Haw, Age De­fy­ing So­lu­tions’ Aiza Di­uco and fi­nance wiz Jes­sica Palmi­ano.

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