BI requires all tourists proof of financial capability to travel
New guidelines designed to stop exodus of undocumented OFWs
From now on, no Filipino travelling as tourist will be allowed to leave the country unless he can show proof of financial capability to travel, proof of work and financial support from benefactors.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday issued strict guidelines designed to deter the exodus of undocumented Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) by making the said blanket requirement for all who travel as tourists.
Bureau of Immigration chief Siegfred Mison said the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) assisted the bureau in the formulation of the new procedure.
Mison appealed to Filipino travelers for understanding as they would be inconvenienced by the new procedure aimed at protecting Filipinos from being victims of human traffickers.
Presently, more than 40 suspected illegal workers disguised as tourists are offloaded daily at the Ninoy Aquino Internal Airport (NAIA).
He said the bureau adopted the policy to fight the nefarious activities of human trafficking syndicates
“Undocumented OFWs are prone to abuses by their employers,” he said.
According to Mison it is easy to spot undocumented overseas workers who are posing as tourists because their itinerary are not popular tourist destinations like countries in Middle East.
He said the OFWs pretending to be tourists use Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok and Hong Kong as transit points to their final destinations.