The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the launching of a state-of-the-art, biometrics-based system for its computers in all international airports to modernize its operations and upgrade its capability to thwart the entry of undesirable aliens into the country.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that for two weeks now BI personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been using the new software, called the border control information system (BCIS), in processing all international passengers entering and exiting the premiere ports.
“A major feature of this new system is that aside from speeding up the processing time for passengers, it is also capable of detecting attempts by undesirable aliens, such as wanted fugitives and terrorists, to enter the country even if they come in as impostors or in disguise,” Morente said.
He explained that the BCIS software requires computers to be equipped with cameras and finger scan device that all passengers lining up for immigration inspection must go through every time they travel in or out of the country. (Jun Ramirez)