Philippine Immigration in Cebu City

Philippine Immigration in Cebu City

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Cebu earned at least P3 million a day last month from transactions with foreigners, some of whom are permanent residents here.

Bi-Cebu Alien Control Officer Casimiro Madarang III said the high volume of transactions is normal because under the law, all foreigners in the country are required to report “in person” to the immigration office to renew their documents, especially the Alien Control Registration (ACR), within the first 60 days of the year.

Madarang said that if the trend continues until the end of the year, they can exceed their P409.7-million income in 2010.

BI-Cebu records showed that its revenue collections in 2006 reached P209.9 million, P231.3 million in 2007, P267.068 million in 2008 and P331.3 million in 2009.

Madarang attributed the increasing number of foreigners in Cebu to the province’s and cities’ tourist spots, the Cebuano hospitality and the direct flights to Cebu from the different countries.

According to the records, the largest number of foreign tourists and residents in Cebu are Koreans, followed by the Japanese nationals.

Other residents and tourists are Americans, Australians, Canadians, Taiwanese, Singaporeans, Chinese, Russians and British. (PNA)

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