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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.

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Photo shows travelers lining up at the Immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 1. Under new Bureau of Immigration guidelines, Filipinos traveling as tourists must show proof of financial capability among other things before they could travel. The new order was supposedly designed to address the growing issue of human trafficking and undocumented OFWs. (Photo by Alma Buelva)

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.

 

  • war

    not all travellers or tourist are what you think..

    and even if you implement these guidelines.. and if you are really concern for the people.. how come we cant even defend ourselves to you guys if you declared us travellers/ tourist fake.. thinking that we are really disguised as tourist when we really are plain tourist.

  • Guest

    Yan ang dapat imbestigahan yang Kotong BI officer na yan! Bakit pag sa sinasabi ba nilang legal process na yan hindi na inaabuso ng employer ang mga kababayan natin? Weh! Wala na bang Karapatan mag tourist ang mahihirap na Filipinos? sabihin na nating later on maghahanap sila ng trabaho bakit kung pipigilan ba ng BI officer may maibibigay ba silang trabaho? MALAMANG baka pag naging miserable ang taong yan na pinigilan nyo baka maging Kriminal pa pag nagkataon At saka pag nakahanap naman ng trabaho ang mga Filipino nakikinabang naman sila ah! Hmmm baka naman umaaray na ang mga recruitment agency! Sabagay sa dinami dami ng mga requirements na kukunin sa LEGAL PROCESS na yan malaking pera na rin ang mawawala sa gobierno, isama mo pa ang medical na kung anu-anu ang knakalikot sa buong katawan samantalang pagdating sa Middle East Dugo lang namn at x-ray ang kailangan mong ipasa. tsk tsk.!

  • Guest

    Yan ang dapat imbestigahan yang Kotong BI officer na yan! Bakit pag sa sinasabi ba nilang legal process na yan hindi na inaabuso ng employer ang mga kababayan natin? Weh! Wala na bang Karapatan mag tourist ang mahihirap na Filipinos? sabihin na nating later on maghahanap sila ng trabaho bakit kung pipigilan ba ng BI officer may maibibigay ba silang trabaho? MALAMANG baka pag naging miserable ang taong yan na pinigilan nyo baka maging Kriminal pa pag nagkataon At saka pag nakahanap naman ng trabaho ang mga Filipino nakikinabang naman sila ah! Hmmm baka naman umaaray na ang mga recruitment agency! Sabagay sa dinami dami ng mga requirements na kukunin sa LEGAL PROCESS na yan malaking pera na rin ang mawawala sa gobierno, isama mo pa ang medical na kung anu-anu ang knakalikot sa buong katawan samantalang pagdating sa Middle East Dugo lang namn at x-ray ang kailangan mong ipasa. tsk tsk.!