Quezon City solon wants hi-tech system to document hold-departure orders

Representative of Quezon City 2nd District Winston Castelo wants the Bureau of Immigration to have a state-of-the-art method of documenting persons with hold-departure orders and identity clearance. Castelo filed House Bill 5743 that will prevent inconvenience on the part of the namesakes of persons who are subject of hold-departure orders.

According to him approximately 3000 Filipinos depart on airplanes every hour and run the risk of becoming victims of flight off-loading and tedious identify clearing because they are the namesakes of persons who are subject of hold-departure orders.

He cited the case of Roberto T. Borromeo as narrated in Gotcha column by Jarius Bondoc in the Philippine Star dated April 17, 2015. Borromeo was not allowed to board the plane because his name was similar to that of a wanted person.

“Eventually, Borromeo proved he was not the offender after a whole day, but in the process, he incurred incidental expenses in going to and from the main immigration office and the Sandiganbayan,” the lawmaker said. The BOI also slapped a fine of P500 to Borromeo for clearance before he was allowed to board the plane again.

The measure to be known as the “Persons with Hold-Departure Order Efficient Documentation Act of 2015” will avoid great inconvenience on the part of the namesakes of such persons who are the subject of such hold-departure orders.