Commissioner Jaime Morente at the Bureau of Immigration wants to construct another building for its jail at Camp Bagong Diwa. It is believed 500,000 foreigners are illegally staying in the country.
“We want to conduct nationwide operations but the problem is we do not have (enough cells) to house those who would be arrested for overstaying,” he said in a recent interview. The current jail can only accommodate 150 detainees and it is already at full capacity.
Morente wants to construct a third two-story building that could accommodate 75 persons. He said the problem resurfaced when the BI apprehended 177 Indonesians who were caught using Philippine passports to attend the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.