(BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION) – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II assured employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that a new Immigration Law will be passed that will upgrade their salaries and address their present economic plight.
“We are earnestly working for the immediate passage of a new Immigration Law. With the blessings of the Almighty, the passage of the law will address some of your concerns particularly in the compensation and the economic arena,” Aguirre said in his message to the men and women of the BI during their 77th Anniversary last week.
Aguirre appealed to the BI employees to persevere in their jobs as he acknowledged that their living standards have changed after the Palace stopped them from getting extra compensation from the express lane fees they used to collect from the transacting public.
“I know that previous events may have dampened the enthusiasm of some of you. I know that a great number, if not all of you, have experienced and have made financial adjustments because of the implementation of certain policies,” he said.
The Justice Secretary also commended the BI for its intensified campaign against human trafficking which resulted in the Philippines retaining for the second consecutive year its place in Tier 1 of the US State Department’s 2017 trafficking in persons report.
“Thanks in part to your efforts in combating trafficking in persons, our women and children now feel safer,” he said, as he noted that the Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia that is in the Tier 1 list.
Aguirre likewise urged the BI rank and file to continue supporting President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality.
“Our people rely on you and shall continue to rely on you to keep our borders and ports safe from the perpetrators of these evils,” he said.
Saying that Immigration personnel are “the guardians of the wall, of all walls that protect our people,” he exhorted the BI employees to always serve with dignity and integrity.