MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is looking for a new breed of personnel as it announced on Monday the opening of 175 positions.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the number includes 147 immigration officers and 28 administrative aides.

The new employees will be deployed to the country's major ports and other offices nationwide.

"The manpower augmentation is part of the agency's move to ensure improvement of our services to the traveling public, especially now that the country is on its way to recovery,” he said in a statement.

He added that the bureau is in need of a new breed of officers who have the passion and patriotism for public service.

"This is how we evolve with the times changing. We need to keep our frontlines fervent so as to guarantee efficiency in our ports,” the BI chief said.

Applicants would need to undergo several examinations and interviews before being officially hired.

"It's a rigorous selection process, but this is how we make sure that we get the best officers to man our borders,” Tansingco added.

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications via the BI's career portal at not later than Sept. 30. (PNA)