The Bureau of Immigration is attempting to get approval so they can receive live reports on passenger manifests from inbound flights to the Philippines.
Maria Antonette Mangrobang, a BI spokesperson, said that requiring airlines to furnish them a copy of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) via a live feed as they attempt to land in the country would make the process of deterring terrorism, and illegals trying to enter the country.
The Bureau of Immigration also wants the same copy for all outbound flights as well.
“This will enable us to screen, vet and pre-clear international travellers prior to their arrival and departure, thus resulting in speedy immigration processing and reduced queuing time in our immigration counters,” Mangrobang said.
She also noted that renewing APIS is in line with President Duterte’s directive to improve government services.
“Commissioner Jaime Morente is committed to exert all possible efforts to push for the APIS programme as this would allow BI to more efficiently pre-screen incoming and outgoing passengers before they even present themselves for immigration clearance and render faster service to the public,” she added.
The Bureau of Immigration said that the presented the approval of reinstating the system to the Department of Justice as well as the Justice secretary for approval.