DOTr assures major transport facilities are safe


By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Major public transport providers assured the safety of citizens in mass transport hubs after the Resorts World incident.

Officials from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3), Philippine National Railways (PNR), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Office of Transport Security (OTS) assured the public that proper security protocols are in place in all major air, land, and sea facilities and gateways across the country.

Airports observe security procedures before passengers are allowed to board the aircraft. Airline companies even carry out independent screening protocols  before their planes depart, noted Undersecretary Art Evangelista of the Office of Transport Security.

“The airports impose a three-tier defense system, with a checkpoint before one is allowed into the terminal. A person goes through a second screening point before getting in the terminal, at the final post, and before one enters the plane.”

Similarly, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been identifying potential threats on all ports and stationing K-9 dogs to detect explosive devices and narcotics in every vessel.

Sea ports enforce a layering security system similar to those of airports. “ We have frisking. We have X-ray machines and other systems to ascertain threats. The Philippine Coast Guard also own the most number of K-9 dogs nationwide,” explained Commodore Joel Garcia of the Philippine Coast Guard.

The PCG also conducts constant periodic review of its security protocols and port monitoring.

For its part, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is beefing up with the procurement of emergency response equipment for rescue and other untoward incidents.

“We are lining up trainings and quick-response team and procuring breathing apparatus and rescue equipment. As we all know, suffocation killed many of the Resorts World victims,” says LRTA Admin Department head Dominic Cabigting.