If you have visits planned, the normal tactic of getting there early to get a heasdstart on other users, may no longer work, as reduced working hours, started yesterday.
In a statement issued today the Bureau made the following announcement.
Date: 03May. 2017 (Wed)
BI Back to Regular Office Hours
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced today that its offices will now be
opened for business from 8 am to 5 pm daily instead of 7 am to 5:30 pm.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said BI employees assigned at the
Main Office and field, extension and Satellite Offices have started observing the new
nine-hour work schedule yesterday.
Morente said the new work schedule was adopted as a result of the
discontinuance of the payment of overtime fees of BI employees from the express lane
President Duterte earlier vetoed the use of the express lane charges collected by
the BI to augment the salaries of BI employees and pay the wages of its contractual
In the past when BI workers were still allowed to use the express lane charges
for overtime pay, employees at its field offices were required to work from 7 am to 5:30
Morente advised the transacting public, including its accredited travel agencies
and law offices, to familiarize themselves with the new schedule.
He also assured that “despite our shortened office hours, we remain steadfast in
our commitment to deliver fast and efficient services to the public.”
Morente, however, said that the BI will continue to implement a “no-noon break”
policy for employees manning its frontline services.
“This is to ensure the unhampered and enhanced delivery of services in our
offices and smoothen the processing of documents,” he added.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has mandated all government offices to
implement the no noon break policy which is also enunciated in the Anti-Red Tape Act