18 October 2017 -
Today, marks a beginning, a beginning of a partnership of two institutions. The one is in charge of the Border Control and Security of Boundaries, the Bureau of Immigration. The other, is the premier institution of higher learning in the Asia Pacific region, needless to say, the best school in the country and ranks among the best in the world, the University of the Philippines.
This partnership would not be possible, if not for the tireless and unrelenting efforts of Dr. Lourdes Nepomuceno and the benevolent act of generosity of UP Chancellor Michael Tan. The Bureau of Immigration as grateful beneficiaries, receives this act with humility and with graciousness.
This partnership was almost one year in the making, and now it is realized. With the continuous avalanche of congressional hearings and senate inquiries, not to mention the controversies and challenges that BI faced that delayed this partnership, the BI stand in awe of Chancellor Tan's magnanimity and Dr. Nepomuceno's steadfastness. If not for you, this would not be possible.
The University of the Philippines will offer Mandarin Language Course and training our frontline Immigration Officers to enhance their communication skills with respect to conducting arrival and departure formalities to Chinese passengers. This would further equip our IOs to understand, to convey and to converse with our Chinese visitors. With the ever evolving and improving relations with our great neighbor, China, this program would aid our primary inspectors and other officers, not only with usual conduct of formalities at our ports of entry/exit but also with the intensified Visa Upon Arrival (VUA) from Mainland China. Vessels would be arriving carrying throngs of thousands of tourists boosting our tourist economy.
Nonetheless, as we help our tourism industry, we cannot compromise our mandate of securing our borders and not to fell victim to unscrupulous schemes of syndicates. That is the very reason the term Border Management was coined, that is, finding a balance between vibrant tourism and yet secured boundaries.
As partners, you have bestowed to us a useful and a cutting-edge tool in striking that balance. Now, we can say on our end, that UP is our partner in border security. It is noteworthy to mention as well that UP produced a great number of Immigration Officers among our ranks. Now, occupying supervisory and managerial positions, they perform leadership functions that shape and craft policies. UP truly bestowed to BI, not only in providing trainings and improve the well-being but also the personnel to do the job well. (UP has granted BI the trainings to improve the well-being and efficiency of BI personnel). So the words that the leader has to say is "job well done!"
Last, I would like to express my appreciation to the men and women in black! Our Immigration Officers, their relentless pursuit for excellence and unwavering dedication to their job demands despite the countless crises we have undergone, are the admirable traits that make us the model public servants. This is a collective effort of the Port Operations, the Center for Training and Research and the Human Resource (Personnel) Office.
In facing all the challenges and with meager resources, the public can be assured of our unflappable service because we make the most of what we have, we perform to the very best of our abilities and we always make things better than we found it!
JAIME H. MORENTE
Bureau of Immigration
Excerpt from UPdate Diliman
(Nov. 20)–The Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of the Philippines Diliman will offer the Mandarin Language Course at the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
According to BI commissioner Jaime H. Morente, the move is designed to train its frontline officers “to enhance their communication skills with respect to conducting arrival and departure formalities to Chinese passengers. This would further equip our Immigration Officers to understand, convey and converse with our Chinese visitors.”
The Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions was signed on Oct. 18.
“With the ever evolving and improving relations with our great neighbor, China, this program would aid our primary inspectors and other officers, not only with usual conduct of formalities at our ports of entry/exit but also with the intensified Visa Upon Arrival (VUA) from Mainland China. Vessels would be arriving carrying throngs of thousands of tourists boosting our tourist economy,” Morente added.
The CI-UPD was established through an agreement between UP and the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China or Hanban, led by its Chief Executive, Mme. Xu Lin, on Dec. 7, 2014. One of its objectives is to strengthen the educational and research cooperation between China and the Philippines, particularly in the areas of language, art, literature, film, culture, the natural and social sciences and engineering, medicine, agriculture and aquaculture.