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Old US-Homeland advisory on social media hit by OTS

Ma O. Aplasca
OTS chief Ma O Aplasca answers queries from the media regarding an old post regarding security at the NAIA which was revived on social media. (JERRY S. TAN)

A clarification was issued by the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) regarding a photo containing a public advisory from the United States Department of Homeland Security (US DHS) noting inadequate security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and circulating on social media.

The OTS stated in a statement that the said advisory is old, having been issued as far back as in December 2018 and has since been removed from airports in the US.

Philippine airport authorities have continued working together with the US and other foreign counterparts to improve the overall status of security at the country’s international gateways.

Last August 2022, during the joint security assessment by the OTS and US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the latter commended the OTS and other airport authorities for maintaining adequate security measures, emphasizing that the Philippines was the first country in Asia to have its advanced security screening technologies placed in strategic areas.

The OTS notes that the continued cooperation and constant coordination between the OTS, the Manila International Airport Authority and the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group, resulted in sustained compliance to international standards and recommended practices in civil aviation security.

Usec. Aplasca was also able to secure donation of additional security screening equipment, as well as a pledge from the US government in the form of capability enhancement and training assistance for the Philippines, without any cost to the Philippine government.

During his visit to the US, OTS Administrator Undersecretary Ma.O Aplasca was able to meet with TSA Administrator David Pekoske to discuss joint security initiatives to enhance both countries’ aviation security.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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