Philippine Passport

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration is formulating rules that will allow it to issue tamper-proof visa stickers for tourists and foreign workers.

Once formulated, the rules will prevent fraud and raise more money for the government, the bureau said.

The stick-on visa will have security features that will discourage the proliferation of fake immigration stamps.

“The introduction of a tamper-proof stick-on visa will cripple the activities of fixers and fraud syndicates that profit from forging the extension stamps on passports of unsuspecting foreign tourists,” Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said.

To be implemented by the bureau’s offices throughout the country, the stick-on visa system may increase the bureau’s visa fee collections paid by foreign tourists, especially those who wish to extend their stay in the country.

The visa sticker is one of the projects being eyed by the new Strategic Planning and Special Concerns Office (Spasco), headed by Immigration Regulation Division chief Alberto Braganza.

Other proposals from Spasco submitted to the BI chief include a border management system, an integrated anti-trafficking in persons action plan, and revised procedures for billing the overtime pay of immigration officers from airline and shipping firms. (Sunnex)