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BI to gov't workers going abroad: Secure travel authorization
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MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded government officials and employees that they have to secure an authority to travel before going abroad or they will not be allowed to leave the country.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David said the BI is just implementing the law whenever a government employee is prevented from boarding an overseas-bound flight for his or her failure to present a travel authorization.

David stressed that the rule is based on several administrative issuances by Malacañang that date back decades ago.

“Do not blame or fault us if you miss your flight.  We are just complying with the law,” said David.

The BI chief issued the statement in reaction to complaints from some government officials and local executives who questioned the propriety of requiring them to secure permits to travel abroad.

It was gathered that on March 12, 1986, the late President Corazon Aquino issued Executive Order No. 6 outlining the procedures in the filing of requests to travel abroad by government officials and employees.

Memorandum Circular No. 18 was subsequently issued by then President Fidel Ramos on Oct. 27, 1992, which clarified some of the rules and regulations on the travel abroad of government workers.

Thereafter, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 459 on Sept. 1, 2005 which streamlined the procedures in the disposition of requests to travel abroad by government employees.

Under the rules, those required to secure authority to travel abroad from the Office of the President are the members of his Cabinet and officials of equivalent rank; and heads of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financing institutions (GFIs) under or attached to the Office of the President.

Officials and employees of GOCCs and GFIs attached to the Office of the President shall seek approval from their heads while those employed in firms not attached to Malacañang shall seek approval from the secretary of the cabinet department to which they are attached.

Governors and mayors of local government units shall seek the approval from the interior and local government secretary. Heads of state universities and colleges shall get their authority from the chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) while officials and employees of these schools shall seek approval from their respective heads.

Heads of technical and vocational schools shall seek the approval from the Chairman of the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA) while all other officials and employees of technical
and vocational schools shall seek approval from their respective heads.

Officials and employees of agencies under or attached to the Office of the President shall seek the approval from the head of these agencies.