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OTS EXPRESSES ITS SUPPORT TO FDCP

The Office for Transportation Security expresses its support to the Film Development Council of the Philippines as it holds a week-long celebration of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) from August 15 – 21,...


SUSPECTED LIVE AMMUNITION DISCOVERED FROM PASSENGERS AT MACTAN-CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Security Screening Officers (SSOs) assigned at the Mactan Cebu International Airport discovered pieces of suspected live ammunition from passengers’ baggage on August 12 &...


LOADED FIREARM INTERCEPTED BY OTS SCREENER AT NAIA T3 SECURITY CHECKPOINT

Teodoro Manievo, 43, was turned over to the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group on Friday, August 10, 2018, after a Magnum revolver loaded with six (6) live ammunition and four (4) empty shells of...


The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) is now implementing additional precautionary measures requiring the inspection of electronic gadgets before boarding the aircraft. This is due to the persistent intelligence information on terrorist attempts to blow up aircraft with the use of gadgets most specifically on flights bound for US coming from Middle East.

OTS Security Screening Officers (SSOs) were directed to inspect all electronic gadgets (i.e Smartphones, laptops, iPads, cameras etc.) by directing passengers to place these items in a separate tray for X-ray screening.

The OTS is also enhancing its capability in screening operation through a rigid training program for its personnel and acquisition of additional equipment, such as the Bottled Liquid Scanners and Explosive Trace Detectors (ETD) to help ensure the security of the riding public. Presently, they are installing new X-rays to replace and/or augment the old ones at the different airports nationwide. They are also waiting for the deliveries of the new Passive Millimeter Wave Scanners to be deployed on major international airports.

These security efforts are being exerted and undertaken to ensure the safety and security of the riding public.

 

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In order to enhance global awareness and preparedness to threats surrounding Critical Infrastructures (refers to the physical and virtual assets, systems and networks which if incapacitated or destroyed would have a devastating and negative effect on security, economy and public health and safety of one’s country), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) together with the International Police (INTERPOL) organized a four (4) day International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure symposium held at Miami,USA last July 7-10 2014. The said symposium brought together 350 senior government officials, law enforcement and industry officials coming from 90 countries around the world to explore and share best practices.

In behalf of the Republic of the Philippines, the said event was represented by Director Roberto C. Almadin, coming from Intelligence and Operations Bureau of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) and PCSupt. Rolando Asuncion, the District Director of Manila Police District (MPD).

One of the highlights of the said symposium is the identification of common areas between infrastructure sectors and individual countries for future cooperation with key issues on the agenda including energy, ground and air transport, water, stadiums and maritime safety.

In the statement of FBI Director James Comey, he said, “the threats we face to these interconnected systems are as diverse as our infrastructure itself. That is why it is so essential that we, together, figure out ways to safeguard and strengthen our global critical infrastructure whether from a terrorist attack, tragic incident or a natural disaster.”

“INTERPOL’s assistance to member countries in coordinating the law enforcement response to all forms of crime has seen significant results.” mentioned Pierre St Hilaire, Director of INTERPOL’s Counter-terrorism, Public Safety and Maritime Security Unit.

It is remarkable that being the world’s largest international police organization, INTERPOL is solely placed to develop and share law enforcement capabilities and experience from its 190 member countries to eliminate vulnerabilities in  critical infrastructures.

 

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In line with the Office for Transportation Security’s (OTS) 10th Anniversary, the agency had organized a photo competition bearing the theme: “Transportation Security, Shared Responsibility”. Its goal is to instill to our riding public the importance of performing their role as stakeholders in the making of a more secured transportation system and to serve as our “eyes and ears” outside the premise of their comfort zone. OTS invited interested individuals to join and submit their extraordinary photo entries exemplifying the implementation of security procedure/s and conduct of security screening and activities on one of the four categories: Sea, Air, Land & Rail. Entries were strictly in compliance to the photo contest theme and must reflect the recent activities done by the office to secure the transportation system in our country. The said activity accepted entries starting April 1, 2014 until June 30, 2014.

Meanwhile, The entry entitled “Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada Submitted Himself to Routine Airport Security Body Frisking Prior to His Departure for Hong Kong to Apologize for the Tragic Luneta Incident.”  By Mr. Raoul Esperas bagged the grand prize amounting P8,000 cash, and will receive a token and a certificate. Esperas is an Airport Reporter at Abs-Cbn / DWIZ.

While the entry entitled, “Young or Old Security Check for All.” by Mr. Harry Sio won the1st place and will receive P5,000 cash, a token and certificate. Sio is a member of the Oro Photographic Society Inc. who resides in Cagayan de Oro. The said photo was taken at the Laguindingan Airport, Cagayan de Oro, Northern part of Mindanao. It was actually his kid who went through the body frisking security check at the airport.

And lastly, Mr. Jose Diego Roxas will receive P3,000 cash, a token and certificate for bagging the 2nd place in his entry entitled: “Never Put Your Life on the Line.”  Roxas is affiliated with the Philippine Plane Spotters Group (PPSG) Facebook Group/Org. In his statement, “the photograph was depicting the PNR train (DEL 921 hauling EMU 203 Set 1) northbound Tutuban, was about to cross Bicutan Intersection when a signaler raised a STOP sign to indicate that a train was about to approach so that the track would be kept clear of any obstruction.”

In addition, eight (8) consolation prizes with P1,000 cash prize along with the token and certificate will be given away. “Story of the Security Agent and the Traveller” by Realiza S. Asperin, “Halt! High Level of Security Implemented” by Aldrin Joshua I. Rogado, “No Exemption” by Col. Carlos F. Gadapan, “AirJuan Team (Relief/Volunteer Workers Arriving at the Tacloban Airport)” by Arnold Conlu Jumpay, “Guards at Central LRT Station Checking Passengers’ Bags” by Romar Jan Edosma, “Rail Watcher” by Johnsen Mhert M. Oliva, “Let’s Follow Them” by Marciano A. Villavito and “Not Fit to Sail” by Cicero Omero II will receive the abovementioned consolations “in NO particular order”.

The awarding for the said competition will be held at the Office for Transportation Security Grounds, Andrews Ave. cor Aurora Blvd, Pasay City on August 4,2014 during the flag raising ceremony.

 

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The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) recently cited the exemplary contributions of its airport Security Screening Officer (SSO) for their vigilance in the performance of duty during the regular OTS flag-raising ceremony held last August 4, 2014 at the OTS Central Office in Pasay City.

OTS Deputy Administrator Roberto C. Villanueva recognized the following Civil Aviation Security Bureau (CASB) Security Screening Officer (SSO).

SSO Mary Joy S. Bidaure, X-ray Operator and SSO Anthony Banaria, Baggage Inspector intercepted nine (9) live ammos of caliber .45 at the Initial Security Screening Checkpoint on July 3, 2014.

SSO Albert Daniel Ituralde, X-ray Operator and SSO Patrick Ignacio, Baggage Inspector, intercepted eight (8) live ammos and eighteen (18) empty shell of rifle M16 at the Initial Security Screening Checkpoint on July 5, 2014. Same day that SSO Annabel Amurao and SSO Alexis Asuncion of baggage inspection intercepted sixty (60) live ammos of caliber 5.56mm at the Initial Security Screening Checkpoint.

SSO Joshua Combo, X-ray Operator and Intelligence Officer II (IO2) Mary Lie Dioso, Baggage inspector intercepted ten (10) live ammos of caliber .22 at the Final Security Screening Checkpoint on July 7, 2014.

SSO Rhio Gamutan, X-ray Operator and SSO Esmeraldo Cordero, Baggage Inspector intercepted two hundred fifty (250) empty shell of caliber .45 at the Initial Security screening Checkpoint on July 20, 2014.

“Congratulations to these SSOs for a job well done! I wish to encourage other SSOs to do the same.” Villanueva added.

 

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The 40th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Transportation Working Group (APEC TPT-WG40) concluded its meeting in Hong Kong, China last August 18-22, 2014. The goal of the TPT-WG40 is to bring together top level transportation officials and/or its representatives in the region to share information and strategic discussion of issues covering the safety, security, resilience and sustainability of transportation systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Commodore Roland S. Recomono (Ret.) and Director Eriberto C. Suria Jr. of OTS Civil Aviation Security Bureau participated in the event.

In the opening plenary last August 19, Acting Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr Yau Shing-mu, said that "efficient and reliable transportation is needed to propel and sustain growth, and transportation is all about location and connectivity."

He also shared with delegates the initiative which reaffirms Hong Kong's commitment to improve the transportation systems that will enhance the flow of goods, people, services and capital in the APEC region. Same manner that it has been directed by Ministers at the 8th Transportation Ministerial Meeting held in Tokyo, Japan, last year.

 

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Manila, Philippines - The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) welcome Administrator John S. Pistole of the United States Transportation Security Administration (US-TSA) together with Assistant Administrator for Global Strategies, Paul Fujimura last August 28, 2014 at the OTS main office in Andrews Ave. cor. Aurora Blvd, Pasay City.

The said visit was brought about by the intention to exchange best practices and ideas on anti-terrorism security measures while emphasizing the need to develop these policies to combat the threats of terrorism. It is deemed crucial to have collaborative efforts in providing more secured transportation system primarily in the US and with that of the Philippines.

During the meeting, OTS Administrator Roland S. Recomono mentioned about how the transportation security in the Philippines has been implemented. On that note, he said “we are planning to provide additional technologies to augment the screening procedures at our airports as well as provide further training to our personnel.”

 

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Manila, Philippines - The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Government of the Philippines concluded yesterday a two-day bus anti-terrorism workshop in Marriott Hotel Manila on July 30-31, 2014, entitled "APEC Follow-On Bus Anti-Terrorism Workshop: Expanding and Sharing Best Practices."

Attended by 55 participants from APEC economies and representatives from the Philippines, the workshop provided an avenue to share best practices on anti-terrorism security measures on the bus transportation system, and emphasized the need to develop bus anti-terrorism policies and stakeholder collaboration in combating terrorism within the APEC member-economies.

Formally opened by the Office for Transportation Security (DOTC) Undersecretary Roland S. Recomono, the first day of the workshop featured a discussion panel on developing and implementing anti-terrorism bus security policies and site visits to two bus terminals. The visits to Southwest lnterim Provincial Terminal System (SWIPTS) at Coastal Mall, Paranaque City and the Jam/Philtranco Terminal, EDSA, Pasay City showcased the security measures within the terminals, and included a briefing and a discussion forum where the participants raised issues and observations during the visit.

Overall, valuable inputs were gathered from subject matter experts from government/policy, law enforcement and industry, including Philippine representative Honorable Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City. Other panelists consisted of Delfino Cruz Aquino, Head, Coordinator of National Security, Ministry of Conimunications and Transportation, Mexico, Charles Corder, Director of Safety, Coach USA & MegaBus, United States.

The second day of the workshop, July 31, 2014 presented case studies on Terrorism lncidents and Response, and included Philippine Representative General Francisco Villaroman, Chief, Public Safety and Command Center, Davao City Republic of the Philippines, and Mr. Boyko Naydenov, Expert, Counter-Terrorism Directorate, State Agency for National Security, Republic of Bulgaria who provided participants an overview on bus terrorism incidents to include responses or prevention tactics, challenges and lessons learned. The activity closed on 5:00pm on July 31, 2014.

 

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Corollary to the success of the recently conducted Table Top Drills and Exercise in Subic Bay International Port and in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), a one-day Port Security Legislative Workshop was conducted at the Marriott Hotel Manila on 11 September 2014.

The workshop aims to review the functional requirements under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) and provide a robust legal framework to the existing mandate of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) under Executive Order 311, which includes among others, security of maritime transportation system in the country in accord with the ISPS Code.

Participants include: Lieutenant Commander Ronald Seely, Legal Counsel, USCG, Mr. Thomas Kalisz, Senior Security Analyst, Atty. Miguel Oraa, Assistant Administrator, OTS Policy and Legal Bureau (PLB) and the newly appointed Vice Chair of the APEC Maritime Experts Group-Security (MEG-Sec); lawyers and personnel from the PLB-OTS.

Atty. Miguel Oraa aptly discussed the scope of compliance of the Philippines in its international obligation to implement the ISPS Code. He clearly presented OTS’ position and the measures taken by the office to comply with the functional requirements of the ISPS Code. On the other hand, the USCG provided insights based on the best practices of OTS, one of which is enhancing regional cooperation to address maritime security concerns. OTS and the USCG achieved the objective of the workshop and was able to forge a strong partnership in future security endeavors.

The success of the Table Top Drills and Exercise and the Port Security Legislative Workshop sends a positive message to the security community that the Philippines through the OTS, is focused to faithfully implementing the provisions of the ISPS Code.

 

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