Recently, an official from Bureau of Immigration (BI) told Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the government will soon be installing ‘e-gates‘ in June to hasten BI transactions.
According to the BI, about 18 units of the e-gate will be deployed in the country’s major airports, including those in Clark, Davao, and Kalibo, and the new airport in Cebu.
BI Port Operations Division Chief Red Mariñas told in an exclusive interview that using the e-gate will only take 12-15 seconds as passengers will only have to swipe their passports, have biometrics, and undergo facial capturing.
Mariñas explained that the e-gates will be used by Filipinos only and will not lessen the number of immigration officers occupying the airports. Foreigners, on the other hand, will still have to go through immigration officers. He also said that the officers will be at the airports to look around (for security purposes).
“Hopefully, (all of the e-gates) will be in place by the end of the year,” he said.
The government has allotted PHP340 million for the facilities.
The inauguration will be held in June at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
Source: PTV News