PH addressing airport security measures amid US advisory

MANILA The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday underscored that the Philippines is addressing airport security concerns, so it remains safe to tourists and locals amid an advisory issued by the United States (US) on its primary airport's aviation security measures.

"We assure the international community that the Philippines remains a safe haven for our visitors and residents alike," the DOT said.

In a travel advisory released December 26, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminded passengers that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport does not carry out effective aviation security measures.

The Tourism agency said the Philippine government "respects" this announcement and assured the management and security officers of the Manila International Airport Authority, together with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), "have committed to positively address this concern."

"We are confident in their capabilities to handle this issue and we are ready to help them in any way to expedite the resolution," it said.

Meanwhile, DOT is in close coordination with the Philippine National Police and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines tasked to oversee aviation security measures in airports.

"Both agencies have repeatedly assured the DOT of their readiness to assess and respond to threats to ensure the safety and security of our tourists, both domestic and international," it said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency