DOTr heightens security measures in transpo facilities nationwide

MANILA-- Representatives from various security services of major public transportation system providers have assured that security measures will be strictly implemented in transportation hubs nationwide.

Officials from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), Philippine National Railways (PNR), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) and the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) said they will ensure that proper security protocols will be in place in all major air, sea and land facilities and gateways across the country.

OTS Administrator Undersecretary Arturo Evangelista said airports are observing tighter security procedures before passengers are allowed to enter aircraft. Airline companies have also laid out independent screening protocols before the departure of their airplanes.

For its part, the PCG has implemented stringent measures on identifying potential threats in all ports. It has also deployed K-9 dogs to detect explosive devices and narcotics in every vessel.

We are implementing a layered security in ports similar to those in the airports. We frisk passengers and set up X-ray machines to identify potential threats. The Philippine Coast Guard has the most number of K-9 dogs in the country, Coast Guard chief Commodore Joel Garcia said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the LRTA said its management is beefing up with its procurement of emergency response equipment that is necessary for rescue and other untoward incidents.

We have activated and are lining up trainings and quick response teams. Because as we all know, most of those who perished in the Resorts World incident are due to suffocation. The LRTA Administrator has also ordered the procurement of breathing apparatus and rescue equipment. We expect that these will be delivered within a few weeks' time, LRTA Head of Administration Dominic Cabigting said.

Source: Philippines News Agency