Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente says the passing of the new BI law is the solution to alleged corruption in the agency.
In a statement Tuesday morning, Morente bared that the solution to issues plaguing the BI is to update the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.
“I have talked to the President and raised this concern to him as well. The Philippine Immigration Act is a very old law, 80 years old to be exact. It was enacted during a time when there were no international flights yet entering and leaving the country,” said Morente. “Many of its provisions are already outdated and inappropriate already,” he added.
Morente announced he has implemented a one-strike policy, and will relieve any employee subject of meritorious complaints or issues, pending the filing of appropriate administrative charges.
Morente earlier lamented having no disciplinary powers over BI men, as “the power to hire and fire” rests with the Secretary of Justice.
The BI Chief added that they are thankful to Congress for prioritizing the BI bill, and is praying for its immediate passage.
“We thank our lawmakers for the support in our move to modernize the Bureau, so that once and for all we can rid of systemic issues that remain because of outdated policies,” he stated. JAMES DE JESUS
PHOTO: Philippine Star