DOJ Approves IRR that Allows BI to Receive Advanced Information of Passengers
The Department of Justice (DOJ) approved implementing rules and regulations (IRR) allowing the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to received advanced information from flight passengers.
According to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the advanced passenger information system (APIS) will be able to strengthen the country’s border security as it would be able to monitor the incoming traveler who has a derogatory record.
“If an incoming traveler listed in the manifest registers a derogatory hit in the BI database, the bureau will immediately inform and instruct the airline not to board the passenger on his flight,” the bureau said in a statement.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara the IRR and APIS. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the system would allow the BI to received specific data from the arriving flight passengers, based on the report of Inquirer.
“Apart from checking derogatory records, we will be able to use data to investigate the possible entry of illegal aliens through early detection of red flags,” he added.
Morente said BI will launch APIS as soon as technical issues are done. APIS involves the electronic delivery to BI of airlines of the names and personal details of their passengers and crew before their arrival or departure from the country.
The BI said it would allow the bureau to conduct early “security vetting of international travelers so that those with derogatory records, such as international terrorists and wanted by foreign fugitives, can be prevented from boarding their flights to the Philippines in source ports itself. “
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