The Bureau of Immigration reshuffled its key officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as part of a continuing effort by the management to further the professional advancement of its employees and improve its service to the traveling public.
BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said that more than 20 immigration supervisors and intelligence officers currently assigned at NAIA’s three terminals were affected by the recent reshuffle that saw all of them being transferred from one terminal to another.
Medina said the personnel assignment orders of the reshuffled employees were issued by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente after the Commission on Elections approved the BI’s request for exemption to the ban on the transfer of government workers during the election period.
Medina said that he asked Morente to implement the reshuffle in order to “give the affected officials the chance to assume new job functions and responsibilities that will foster their career advancement and develop their capabilities as border control officers of the country.”
Among those affected by the revamp were the chief of the Airport Operations Section, Port Operations Division deputy heads, BI NAIA Terminal supervisor, head of the BI’s Border Control and Intelligence Unit, and members of the BI’s Special Operations and Communications Unit.
The routine reshuffle, according to Morente, is part of his policy to “shake up the system” to prevent fraternization and corruption. “The top officers managing the BI personnel at the airports are not exempt from this policy,” said Morente. “Apart from reshuffling our frontline officers, we also have a rotation system for heads to encourage fresh ideas on how to improve terminal management,” he added.
A total of 514 Immigration officers have been reshuffled in NAIA earlier this year.