'No cause for alarm' on NAIA security, says MIAA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 27 2018 04:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2018 04:32 PM

A security guard assists passengers on airline transfer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, Pasay City, Dec. 26, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- There is "no cause for alarm" over the security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country's airport regulating body said Thursday.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal assured the traveling public that the Philippines would continue to follow international standards after American authorities raised concerns over facilities at the capital's main airport.

"We shall continue to adhere to internationally accepted security protocols and standards," Monreal said in a press briefing.

"There's no cause for alarm even as we put in place security enhancements following the recommendations of the US-TSA (Transportation Security Administration)," he added.

The TSA, according to Monreal, made 16 recommendations to improve airport security. 

Among these recommendations are the installation of new x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems at NAIA, the Department of Transportation earlier said.

Of the said recommendations, Monreal said the Philippines has already completed 7.

He assured the traveling public that issues and recommendations raised by the American body "have either been addressed or are in the process of being addressed."

"There’s nothing about these recommendations we cannot address. Kaya po natin ito," he said, noting that Philippine authorities are working closely with American counterparts.

The MIAA chief also clarified that the Philippines did not fail the assessment and that issues raised were directed more on consistent compliance.

"Meron lang ho silang rekomendasyon at nakita ho na hindi ho sa lahat ng oras ay consistent ho," Monreal said.

(They just have recommendations and they saw that implementation of security measures is not consistent at all times.)