PASAY - The Department of Transportation's Office for Transportation Security (DOTr-OTS) calls for a meeting with stakeholders in the rail sector last Friday, 21 May 2021, to discuss security developments, and present the Threats and Vulnerability Assessment ( TVA) conducted by the OTS, to help the rail sector protect their assets, minimize exposure to terrorism, as well as prevent potential security breaches.
In his opening remarks, OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul L. Del Rosario emphasized that, "Security must come together with the on-going infrastructure projects of the DOTr, especially those big ticket projects like Subway project, LRT and MRT extension projects. Malaki pong pondo ng gobyerno ang inilaan ng DOTr dito, kaya marapat lang na ito ay ating protektahan."
For his part, Transport Security Risk Management Service - Risk Assessment Division (TSRMS-RAD) Chief Winston Barquez noted the importance of a Table Top Exercise that simulates realistic situations, and the proposal to have a railway police, similar to what the aviation and maritime sectors presently have.
In a bid to equally strenghten transport security in the air, sea, land and rail, the OTS is vying to have more coordinating meetings in the future with the land and rail sectors, as it deems it to be the most vulnerable to attacks given the volume of passengers travelling on a day to day basis.
Also in attendance were DOTr Assistant Secretary Fidel Cruz, OTS Director for TSRMS Edgar Danao, OIC Director for Transport Security Oversight and Compliance Service Alessandra Johanna Arenas, Land Transport Security Division Chief Elvin Tinsay, Supervising Transport Regulation Officer Kristine Queroljico, and representatives from the Philippine National Railways, Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail Manila Corporation, and Light Rail Transport Authority.