Foreigners at NAIA to be fingerprinted


By Ding Cervantes

The Philippine Star 11/15/2003


All foreigners entering the country via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be computer-photographed and fingerprinted starting next week as part of the Bureau of Immigrationís measures to prevent the entry of suspected international terrorists.

By next year, the scheme will be implemented in all sea and airports nationwide.

Immigration Commissioner Andrea Domingo said the measure is part of the agencyís computerization project that will utilize P2 million worth of equipment provided by the US government under the Arroyo administrationís commitment to help combat international terrorism.

"The equipment is now here and we are now installing the software so I expect the equipment to be running by the third week of November. The equipment will take pictures and fingerprints of those coming in at our ports. We will start at the NAIA and by next year, I foresee its implementation nationwide," she said.

Domingo also said that her agency is working on the proposal to issue "smart cards" to foreigners in the country. She likened such cards to the "green cards" issued to Filipino immigrants in the US.


Thanks to Sydney Snoeck

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