Travel agents forge deal to protect foreigners

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) as well as travel agencies and tour operators have forged a deal in Manila to coordinate action against unscrupulous individuals who victimise foreigners who come to the Philippines either as tourists, expatriates or investors.

By Guil Franco (Our Correspondent)

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Published: Sat 8 Jul 2006, 11:53 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:34 PM

Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez Jr. signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Jose Clemente of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) and Aileen Clemente of the Philippine International Association of Travel Agencies (PIATA) recently for the same.

According to Fernandez, the accord is in line with the bureau's thrust on protecting the interest of foreigners who transact business at the BI with unscrupulous travel agents who provide them with fake or fraudulent visas and other Immigration documents.

"This is also part of our programme to provide fast and efficient service to our foreign clientele and thus help our government attract tourists, expatriates and foreign investors," he said.

Records show there are more than 400 travel agencies accredited to transact business at the BI, each of which is required to post a cash bond or surety bond of 50,000 pesos which was imposed by the bureau to safeguard the interest of their foreign customers.

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