May 13 at 8:25pm · PRESS RELEASE BI TO OPEN OFFICES AT 28 ROBINSONS MALLS The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has embarked its partnership program with the country’s leading shopping chain to make BI services easily accessible to foreigners staying throughout the archipelago. BI Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison and the Management of Robinsons Land Corporation forged the partnership in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed the other day to bring government services closer to the people. Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) was represented by its President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Frederick D. Go and Arlene MG. Magtibay, RLC Senior Vice-President and General Manager. Mison welcomed the Robinsons mall chain’s participation in BI’s decentralization by offering the bureau spaces free of charge at its 28 branches throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that will serve as BI satellite offices. The BI chief stressed that, with the opening of more BI satellite or extension offices, thousands of foreign nationals stand to benefit from the convenience of not having to travel all the way to the BI Main Office in Intramuros, Manila. “We appreciate the private sector’s support and participation in making our services available to foreign nationals at the localities where they are at. In this case, the Robinsons Malls frequented by foreign visitors will be the most ideal site for BI satellite offices,” Mison said. The first BI extension offices will open at Robinsons Malls Lingkod-Pinoy Center of Robinsons Place Malabon City, Luisita, Cainta, Rizal, Sta. Rosa Market, Laguna, Dasmariñas (Cavite), and Roxas City (Capiz).
Under the agreement, the BI extension offices will include eight (8) in NCR Robinsons malls (Mandaluyong, Malabon, Ortigas, Pasig, Manila, Quezon City, Cainta); four (4) in Central Luzon (Angeles City, San Fernando, Malolos, Tarlac); three (3) in North Luzon (Laoag, Calasiao, Isabela); five (5) in South Luzon (Laguna, Puerto Princesa, Cavite, Batangas); two (2) in Central Visayas (Cebu); four (4) in Western Visayas (Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Leyte, Capiz); and two (2) in Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro, Butuan). Mison said the use of the mall spaces will be available for immigration services, including extension of Temporary Visitor’s Visa (TVV); issuance of Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC); issuance of Special Work Permit (SWP), Provisional Work Permit (PWP) and Special Study Permit (SSP). Other services to be offered in satellite offices include processing and payment of Annual Report; receiving of applications for change to or renewal of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas; and receiving of applications for Dual Citizenship, he added.