PCG trains BID personnel on boarding procedures

November 23, 2012 1:06 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 23 – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducted training for selected personnel of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) on basic vessel boarding procedures recently.

Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr., PCG officer-in-charge and vice commandant for operations, said 32 BID personnel benefited from the training which was designed to fight human trafficking.

The two agencies recently signed a memorandum of agreement that will deputize the Coast Guard to assist in the enforcement of immigration laws in the country.

Tuason said the growing number of undocumented aliens in the southern part of the country is the main concern of the agencies and added that cooperative enforcement is needed in the implementation of immigration laws pertaining to entry, stay and exit of foreign nationals that may be considered threats to national security and public safety.

He also said that the purpose of the recent agreement is to institutionalize a mechanism designed to promote efficient, effective and cooperative immigration law enforcement, particularly in southern Philippines.

“The agreement between the two agencies shall focus on the protection and security of the country’s border and also cooperative enforcement and implementation of immigration laws and exchange of information regarding movement of suspicious foreign nationals,” Tuason said. (PNA)



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