04/12/2013: ADVISORY NO. 8: GUIDELINES ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAVEL FACILITATION (TASKFORCE YOLANDA)
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the Philippines has created and implemented Taskforce Yolanda in order to facilitate the travel of foreign volunteers and workers rendering humanitarian services to victims and in the affected areas of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Hereunder are its scope and functions:
- Taskforce Yolanda will cover Region VIII or the Eastern Visayas Region (composed of Leyte, Samar and Biliran Island).
- Taskforce Yolanda Operations Center is located in Tacloban City. It will also coordinate with other taskforce stations located in Guiuan, Eastern Samar and Ormoc City.
- Conduct immigration formalities
- Assist foreign volunteers on immigration matters
- Coordinate with other government agencies, foreign embassies and/or chambers of commerce in the area on the implementation of immigration policies, as well as on other immigration matters relative to rescue and relief efforts
- Grant the necessary visa and Special Work Permit (SWP), if necessary, to foreign volunteers who will directly enter the Philippines through the calamity stricken areas
- Issue Border Control Registration Papers (BCRP), which will serve as temporary identification papers, to foreign nationals who lost their passports or travel documents
- Account foreign nationals who lost their valid ACR I-Cards for reissuance
Visa fees and visa extension fees of foreign volunteers/foreign humanitarian workers who are part of the relief and rehabilitation operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) have been waived. The grant and extension of their visas may also be applied at the BI offices in Manila and Cebu.