The Philippine visa will now be stamped on passports of Chinese nationals wishing to enter the country.
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s proposal to replace the practice of putting the visa on a piece of paper, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
According to Perete, there have been informal recommendations to review the scheme to address the loopholes in the system.
The Immigration bureau has been reviewing the mechanism as early as about a month before Locsin suggested ending the visas upon arrival scheme.
“We saw a rise in the number of foreign nationals in the previous years due to emerging industries such as the online gaming industry,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in May, referring to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators, where 138,001 foreign nationals are employed based on data from the BI and the Department of Labor and Employment.
“Issues and challenges only appear now. This has never been a problem in the past because of the relatively smaller number of foreign nationals working in the Philippines then,” he also said then.
“We need to put an end to visas upon arrival; all visas should be issued by consular offices after vetting. We must take extra care in outsourcing any part of the visa application process, picking only the most reputable worldwide,” Locsin tweeted July 31.