PASAY CITY - The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Management Committee gathers anew to review the effectiveness of the preventive measures put in place by the agency to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace amidst the growing community concern.

As early as February, OTS Administrator Usec. Raul L. Del Rosario ordered for the regular sanitation of security screening equipment as well as airport trays, a highly touched object that may carry high-threat pathogens. This is to prevent the transmission of the virus and to protect passengers as well as its personnel from possible contamination. He had also ordered for the additional procurement of face masks, hand gloves and the placement of hand sanitizers on every corners of the Office for airport and OTS Headquarters personnel.

OTS management also convened an emergency meeting on Thursday, 12 March 2020, to expedite the full disinfection, misting and fumigation of the OTS Main Office, as it warrants for the adherence to strict protocols and procedures for screening persons entering the OTS facilities.

Usec. Del Rosario has called for the additional procurement of preventive kits such as gloves, face masks, thermal scanners, and vitamins to be distributed to OTS personnel in light of the public health emergency.

The OTS also decided to temporarily recall the deployment of national transportation security Auditors from conducting oversight and compliance monitoring activities such as audits and inspections at airports, seaports, bus and train stations as precautionary measures.

Access to the OTS facilities was likewise limited to visitors with official business, as medical team and OTS security strictly implements screening of persons prior entry.