Oct 24 nationwide immigration officer exam to be held in 9 centers

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Oct 20 (PIA) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is advising all who will take the immigration officer examination on October 24 to choose from nine centers in the country the place where they will take their examination and to contact the respective contact persons (CP) and alien control officers (ACO) of these centers for their queries.

In Luzon, the examination centers and their CPs and ACOs are: CNS International Language School in Baguio City, ACO Ricardo Cabochan at 0917-949-0689 and CP Gealicia M. Nunezca at 0908-400-0225. The ACO can be contacted anytime, while the CP will be available only on October 23 when they arrive in their respective examination centers. Saint Paul University in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, CP atty. Henry B. Tubban at 0917-819-6931 and ACO Eva M. Antiporda at 0916-783-1929; Tarlac State University in Tarlac City, CP Hazelline Pia Barroso at 0917-571-0521 and ACO Gilbert Lopez, 0927-413-4425; BI-Batangas District Office in Batangas, CP atty. Maria Antonette B. Mangrobang, 0917-857-8043, and ACO Rose Isabelo M. Manguiar, 0917-897-5897; University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City, CP atty. Zaniah V. Siton, 0917-511-1461, Jhoanna Occiano, 0917-564-0664, and ACO Josephus Ojano, 0918-936-6430.

Examination centers and CPs and ACOs in Visayas and Mindanao are: University of Cebu Banilad Campus in Cebu City, CP Rodolfo Gino at 0915-608-6776 and ACO Casimiro Madarang, Jr., 0917-316-0445; Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City, CP Ronando Capistrano, 0906-341-3571 and ACO Manuel L Neri, Jr., 0927-690-8726; John B. Lacson Maritime University in Molo, Iloilo City, CP Siegfred B. Mison, 0928-558-0188 and ACO Bienvenido Regala, 0916-242-8606.

For those in Metro Manila, the examination centers are at the DOJ Multipurpose Building Padre Faura, Manila and BI Main Office, Philippine Chamber of Commerce Bldg, Intramuros.

Applicants for the position of immigration officer have already filed their papers in the office as the deadline for submission was October 15. This was after it announced that it was hiring 200 new immigration officers who will work at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports of entry.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. disclosed that more than 3,000 individuals are expected to take the qualifying examinations for the new posts that will be held on Oct. 24 in Manila and eight other venues nationwide.

“We aim to recruit a new breed of young, idealistic and dynamic immigration officers so we will do our best to pick from these applicants the best and the brightest,” David said.

It was David who sought the Department of Budget and Management’s approval to hire new employees to address the BI’s perennial problem of lack of manpower at NAIA and other airports. The problem has been blamed on long queues of passengers at NAIA’s immigration arrival and departure counters, particularly when international flights arrive and depart almost simultaneously at the premiere port.

He added that those who will be hired “will be our country’s new gatekeepers and front liners in our fight against human trafficking.”

To qualify for the job, one must: be less than 36 years old, have Civil Service Professional Eligibility, of good moral character, pass the qualifying exams, be physically fit to undergo intensive training, and have a college degree from a reputable school.

Preliminary panel interview will be conducted immediately after the qualifying exam. Only those who will pass the qualifying exams and the preliminary panel interview will be considered for final deliberation by the personnel selection board. Walk-in applicants will be accepted only in provincial testing centers. (ANL/ICR/PIA 1-Ilocos Sur)

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