A bill to modernize the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to improve efficiency and revenue collection has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives.
“The‘There is no doubt that BI can easily generate between 10 and 12 billion pesos in annual revenue, maybe more,” Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Party-list Rep. Marcelino “nonoy” C. Libanan, who reintroduced House Bill 1069 or the Office of Immigration Modernization Bill, said in a statement on Sunday.
“Before the pandemic, BI had already managed to generate 9.3 billion pesos in revenue in 2019, up 32% from the 7.03 billion pesos it raised in 2018.” he added.
The measure did not pass the Senate on 18e Congress, which has conducted several investigations into reported illegal activities within the office, including corruption and human trafficking.
The bill aims to reorganize and further professionalize BI, modernize its systems and increase the remuneration of staff.
Under the bill, the IB will be required to keep “no more than 1.2 billion pesos” of his annual income so he can invest in automation projects, such as a fully online application and payment system that can help eliminate corruption.
The office generates revenue from visa and extension processing fees; fines and penalties; customs clearance and certification fees; and immigration tax.
The bill also provides for the creation of a new Immigration Academy for career advancement and an internal affairs department that will serve as a watchdog against illegal and unethical behavior by staff. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan