By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) posted a record high income of more than P11 billion last year, up by 29 percent compared to its revenue in 2018.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that, as of December 31, the bureau’s total revenue collection reached P11.9 billion, roughly P2.6 billion higher than the P9.2 billion the agency earned a year ago.
“We expect our income to increase again this year as a result of the improvements in services and programs that we instituted for the benefit of the transacting and traveling public,” Morente said.
Morente attributed last year’s hike in immigration fee collections to the success of President Duterte’s government in initiating reforms and programs that attracted many foreigners to visit and do business in the country.
Morente bared that the BI’s annual collections have steadily increased over the past several years, adding that revenues jumped four-fold from 2012 when it amounted to only P2.7 billion.
Citing reports that the number of foreigners who arrived last year could reach eight million, he said “more foreign visitors naturally results in more income from immigration fees for the government.”
Morente likewise cited the continuing efforts of the BI to modernize its facilities, simplify its procedures and improve its frontline operations.