At present, there are two e-gates installed at NAIA Terminal 3. There will be four more to be installed there, he said.
Mariñas earlier told PNA that the government has allotted PHP340 million for the e-gates, and that the BI targets that all the e-gates will be installed at the country's major airports by yearend.
About 18 e-gate units will be put up in the country's major airports, including those in Clark, Davao, and Kalibo, and the new airport in Cebu.
Mariñas also pointed out that the e-gates will definitely speed up BI transactions, since it will only take 12 seconds to 15 seconds for the passengers to swipe their passports, have biometrics, and undergo facial capturing.
He also clarified earlier that the e-gates would be used by Filipinos only.
"Immigration officers will still need to cater to foreigners. Also, the officers will be (at the airports) to look around for security purposes," he said. (PNA)