Filipino travelers arriving and departing the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be able to save precious time as the government will install electronic gates at immigration counters in June, an official of the agency said.
“Using the e-gate will only take 12-15 seconds, as passengers will only have to swipe their passports, have biometrics, and undergo facial capturing,” BI port operations division chief Red Mariñas told the Philippine News Agency.
The inauguration would be in June at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, Mariñas said.
Eighteen e-gates will be deployed in the country’s major airports, including those in Clark, Davao, Kalibo, and Cebu’s new terminal building.
“Hopefully, (all of the e-gates) will be in place by the end of the year,” Mariñas said, adding the government has a budget of P340 million for the facilities.
Mariñas clarified that having e-gates doesn’t mean the BI would lessen the number of immigration officers manning the airports.
“The e-gates will be used by Filipinos only. So immigration officers will still need to cater to foreigners. Moreover, the officers will be (at the airports) to look around (for security purposes),” he explained.