In order to avoid long lines in the counters of the airports, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will soon be installing “e-gates” in June to aide in hastening BI transactions.
In an interview with dzRH’s Isyu, Bureau of Immigration OIC-Deputy Commissioner and Port Operations Chiefs Marc Red Marinas told that the project is in the procurement process already and will be installed in diverse airports nationwide. There are about 18 units that will be deployed in the country’s major airports, including Davao, Kalibo, Clark, and the new airport in Cebu. Marinas also disclosed that the government allocated Php 340 million in the adaptation of the newest facility which was already in use in some countries like Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Middle East and Europe.
Also, through the use of the “e-gates”, passengers will only take 12-15 seconds to pass through the counters since they only have to swipe their passports, have biometrics, and undergo facial capturing. Marinas also explained that the newly-acquired technology can only be used by Filipinos while the foreigners will still have to go through the immigration officers, who will be at the airports for security purposes.
The installation of the “e-gates” will take place on June at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).