NUMBER of foreign students enrolled in Pangasinan colleges and universities, mostly in the cities of San Carlos and Dagupan, continue to increase.
This was bared by Christopher John Abella, alien control officer of Bureau of Immigration-Dagupan Field Office, during the KBP Forum last week.
He said most are studying at the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation in San Carlos City and at the Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City.
And most are Indian and Nigerian nationals who find Philippine education better and cheaper, specifically in Pangasinan, Abella said.
Foreign tourists, however, prefer to visit the western part of Pangasinan which prides of beautiful beaches, he said.
Meanwhile, he said there are 300 to 400 foreign tourists who are in Pangasinan requesting monthly for an extension of their stay.
Abella observed that foreign tourists strictly observe requirements but some foreign students fail to report to the Immigration Office as required.
He encouraged the public to report to their office students doing illegal activities.
Recently, a group of foreign tourists was found involved in illegal drug activities that prompted the Immigration office to recommend the cancellation of their visa and deportation, he said.
Once deported an erring foreigner staying in the Philippines will be blacklisted, he added. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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