Philippines' Bureau of Immigration (BI) has
approved the use of electronic gates at the departure area of
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.
pilot test will initially take place at the NAIA 2 departure area
and is expected to reduce passenger queues during the Christmas holiday
Last year, an e-gate system was installed in the
arrival areas of NAIAís three terminals and the international
airports in Mactan-Cebu, Davao, and Clark. The noticeable drop in long queues at those
airports has been attributed to the successful implementation of
ďWe are optimistic that the same success will be
replicated when the scheme becomes fully operational in our
airportsí immigration departure areas,Ē said Immigration
Commissioner, Jaime Morente.
As with the
e-gates installed at the immigration arrival areas, the new lanes
shall cater only to departing OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and
crew of Philippine Airlines.
The two e-gates and biometric machines
have been provided by Ascent Solutions, a Singapore-based IT
company. The pilot test is expected to last for six months.
The BI says it is also studying the feasibility of making the scheme available
to permanent residents and other ACR I-Card holders.