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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.

 

  • Lmonen Handsi

    Ganyan nangyari sa akin nung May 4, 2015 lately lng sa Mactan airport, Cebu, tiger air, flight Cebu to SG. Na offload ako, ang immigration officer na nag offload sa akin ay si Gary Cabunoc. Siya yung nag offload sa Cebu moslty mga babae. Di ko ma intindihan, dahil papuntang SG ako, bakit niya ako hiningan ng Passport copy ng sister, na citizen ng Canada. Prof of relationship NSO birth ng sister ko, at NSO birth ko. Logic, papunta po akong SG, hindi Canada, bakit my letter pa na hiningi sa akin? Kesyo tinanong ako mag apply ako ng job dun eh my job naman ako sa pinas, I told him 3 days lng ako dun and I have my hotel bookings. pero na offload parin ako. The cost of my planet ticket back and fort was 14,000 pesos all were gone. Buti nalang my dala akong $1,000 US, at ATM visa ko, in which pina rebook ko ng May 6, and together pumunta pa ako ng NSO para kumuha ng birth ng Sister ko na Canadian citizen para prof, ng relationship and support. Sabi ko I am mature enough and I have my own money for my vacations, and anu gusto niya mangyari? Gawin niya akong katawatawang tao, na hindi ko kayang mag travel mag isa for a simple Singapore vacation. eh Galing na akong Australia, and had been toured ASEAN so many times. Anu itong ginagawa ng angencia ng Phil-immig? Binabastos nila travellers, san napupunta ang pera na na offload di naman na refund? Sana ma tutukan to ng pansin ng mga leaderes ng bansa. Plano kong mag sampa ng kaso sa Ombudman agaisnt this Gary Cabunoc of Cebu Mactan airport sana my lawyer na tutulong sa akin, pls. do help me. Ito po ang email add ko. cocoraey@gmail.com

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