Immigration bureau’s 2013 revenues hit P2.85B
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has raised almost P3 billion last year, P245.4 million higher compared to the actual collection in 2012.
BI Commissioner Seigfred Mison said the P2.85 billion take was the highest since it was created in 1940.
Mison lauded BI workers for rendering honesty and quality services to foreign nationals visiting the country.
The earnings were generated through the imposition of service fees, fines, penalties and issuance of the Alien Certificate of Registration or I-Card.
As a rule, BI’s revenue goes to the National Treasury and reported to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
Mison noted that the bureau has received the highest percentage increase in appropriated funds for fiscal year 2014.
The BI, which is among ten Department of Justice (DOJ) attached agencies, has an approved budget of P650, 677 million for 2014.
The BI 2014 budget reflected a P356 million increase from last year’s P568 billion.
Mison said the bulk of the outlay will be used in improving BI’s border control system at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), other airports and seaports.
The bureau is set to purchase P70 million worth of computer and equipment, including biometric machines, under its modernization and automation program.
The immigration commissioner reiterated his leadership’s continuing program to professionalize the BI personnel and eradicate graft and corruption.