MANILA, March 30 -- True to his word, Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) facilitated and approved the request of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the creation of a new office with 887 new positions needed in the discharge of the BI’s mandate to monitor and regulate the arrivals and departures of locals and foreigners. The creation of 887 new positions is a big step towards the goal of providing a sufficient personnel complement to support the BI’s operations in the ports.
Previously operating as a mere ad hoc unit in the existing BI Immigration Division, the new Port Operations Divisions (POD) will be in charge of all immigration functions, including the supervision and manning of 420 immigration counters at various international ports and/or sub-ports. The POD will have an additional plantilla of 887 positions for immigration officers and immigration assistants on top of the existing 1,203 positions. The creation of new positions will increase the immigration officer and immigration assistant positions in the BI by 74 percent, and will require an estimated Personnel Services cost of P365 million to be charged agains