Immigration launches alien mapping "for control and record purposes"

February 5, 2013 11:19 pm 

By Pen G. Paypon

MANILA, Feb. 5 — The Bureau of Immigration is launching an alien mapping program to keep track of the influx of foreigners in the country, check the status of their stay and enhance the revenue production of the bureau.

“There’s a need to upgrade the records of the bureau of immigration particularly alien registrants which only number over the 200,000 mark, ” Atty. Antonette Manrobang, BI spokesperson, said adding that current statistics showed a great leap in tourist arrivals reaching 4.2 million last year.

The bureau of immigration had earlier appealed to mortuary ownership to account for dead foreigner serviced by their companies and submit the information to the bureau for control and record purposes.

“We want to look into the actual number of alien certificate of registration (ACR-1) holders, whose ACR’s are either expired or owners dead,” Manrobang added. We have been receiving reports about aliens who have passed away but whose ACR’s have been sold to the highest bidder. We are investigating all these reports and if warranted, to file charges against anyone who have violated the Alien Registration Act, Manrobang concurrent Intelligence Chief and BI Spokesperson stressed.

“We expect the census of foreigners to double if not triple the current number of registrants and hopefully increase our revenue collection for 2013. We surpassed our target last year with a Php2.4M total collection as against Php100M target.”

“We shall continue to initiate the institution reforms to make sure our foreign visitors will have more fun in the Philippines but at the same time protect the interest of our government”, Manrobang concluded. (PNA)

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