MANILA (Apr. 13) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) held a record high income of P544 million during the first quarter of the year, BI Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said. The collection is P24-million higher than the P520 million his office earned during the same period last year.
Compared to last year’s collection target during the first quarter period, this year’s record is P62.3M or 11 percent more than P482M. If the same trend continues throughout the year, it could duplicate or surpass 2008’s income of P2.1-billion.
Impressed with his office’s performance, Libanan said, “this is a good indication that even with the prevailing economic crisis, foreigners are still entering the country and that they’re complying with our immigration laws and paying their fees to the government.”
The BI chief also attributed the steady rise in the BI’s income to the success of the reform programs which were put in place to cut red tape and provide efficient services to the public.
Monthly collections are also up said BI Finance Chief Elvira Presado. Using 2008 as a bench mark, she said, January took more than P216 million compared to P207 million; P169.4 million in February as against P155 million; and in March, collection reached P158.5 million versus P158 million.