The five newly-installed electronic gates (e-gates) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 are expected to be operational by Nov. 23.
“Installation of these five units began on Nov. 10 and was completed on Nov. 19. We are calibrating the units from Nov. 20-22, and we expect these to be operational by Nov. 23,” Grifton Medina, Immigration Port Operations Division chief, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday.
The e-gates will speed up Immigration transactions. Passengers will only need about 12-15 seconds to swipe their passports, have biometrics, and undergo facial capturing.
The government has allotted PHP340 million for the e-gates, which will be installed in NAIA and other major airports in Davao, Clark, Cebu.
Passengers using the NAIA Terminal 3 have been using the e-gates there since July.
Medina told the PNA that at present, there are now 21 e-gates installed in major airports.
Five e-gates each were installed in NAIA Terminals 1 and 3, three in NAIA Terminal 2, three each in Cebu and Clark, and two in Davao. (Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA)