Government 'strongly committed' to boost airport security, ready to work with US TSA


Posted at Dec 21 2018 05:26 PM

Airport police stand among travelers at Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is ready to work with the United States Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to boost security measures for the protection of passengers, an aviation official said Friday.

This is part of the MIAA's commitment to enhance airport security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said in a statement. 

Monreal said the TSA has conducted an assessment of the procedures, processes, equipment and personnel posting at NAIA following an observation period from Sept. 26 to Dec. 5, 2018.

The MIAA and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) have implemented measures to rectify and make improvements on security issues that were identified, Monreal added. 

A stricter new background check procedure for newly hired airport personnel, for example, will now include neighborhood and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) checks, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in a statement.

The submission of new NBI clearances for all MIAA access pass holders will also be required. Delinquency reports will subject personnel to re-training after the first offense and dismissal for the second incident, the statement said. 

“Strict measures are being put into place in terms of personnel manning security checkpoints," Monreal said.

He said the procurement processes for equipment needed at the airport such as walk-through metal detectors, X-ray machines and alarm systems are ongoing so they can be utilized in 2019.

"All these we do because safety and security have always been a top priority for us at NAIA,” Monreal said. 

Aside from security enhancements, a consortium consists of the country's largest conglomerate was given an original proponent status to rehabilitate the country's main gateway.