Migration department will no longer ask for bribes
Major General Ruben Paulino Sem, director of the Migration Agency (DGM) says that the days when Migration Office employees at airports and ports would ask for bribes and tips are coming to an end. The Army general says that he has introduced a series of controls since his appointment and improved the quality of life of Migration Agency employees. This has significantly contributed to eradicating the practice of taking “tips,” he said.
General Paulino Sem said that to counteract the negatives, when he took charge he immediately raised the salaries of migration agents at the ports, airports and border control posts. Shift supervisors’ salaries increased from RD$27,000 a month to between RD$40,000 and RD$50,000. Supervisors who received RD$20,000 increased to RD$35,000, inspectors went from RD$13,000 to RD$20,000 and the new bilingual inspectors working at airports receive RD$30,000 a month.
According to the institution this has led to a considerable decrease in the number of passenger complaints about extortion as well as the number of extortion cases detected.
The DGM has also installed the Autogate at Las Americas (Santo Domingo) and Cibao airports (Santiago). The rapid checking automated service requires pre-registration to be able to bypass immigration inspectors. Registration for the service is free until 30 June 2016, afterwards it will cost RD$995. It is not obligatory.
Source: DR1, Eldia
June 7, 2016
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