Massive reorganization of BI set this month – Ledesma

February 6, 2011 11:24 am 

MANILA, Feb. 5 –- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will implement this month a massive reorganization of its major services and units to prevent some personnel from continuing with their illegal activities.

BI Commissioner Ronaldo Ledesma also said the bureau has stepped up monitoring of the activities of some personnel allegedly conniving with human trafficking syndicates that continue to victimize more of the country’s overseas Filipino workers.

Ledesma said the move for a massive reorganization came following reports that some BI employees assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports were being used by human traffickers in deploying OFWs to foreign countries, some of whom end up suffering mental and health problems, and others sent back to the country.

He said that in December, last year, he reorganized some services and units of the bureau, also due to the reported involvement of some immigration operatives, both at central office in Manila, at the NAIA and other airports in illegal activities, including human trafficking.

Ledesma said his office has been receiving several e-mails and blogs stating that some BI officials and employees continue to be involved in human trafficking and other illegal activities at the expense of the bureau’s image and integrity. (PNA)

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