DOT welcomes lifting of US Homeland security notice at NAIA

Published August 9, 2019, 10:07 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Analou De Vera 

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has welcomed the decision of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind its public notice regarding the security condition at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat (DOT / MANILA BULLETIN)
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat

“We, at DOT, are very elated and encouraged by this development as we renew our commitment to extend to the public, particularly our international visitors, the highest potentials of the Filipino brand of service,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat.

“This development also augurs well for the DOT’s efforts to increase tourist arrivals and for the development of a culture of resilient, inclusive, and sustainable tourism in the country,” she added.

The DOT said that security improvements and enhancements in NAIA have been implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), with the assistance of the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in order for the country’s major gateway to be consistent with the international aviation security standards.

“[We] congratulate the DOTr, headed by Sec. Art Tugade and the MIAA chief Ed Monreal for undertaking corrective measures to seriously address security issues raised by the TSA leading to the DHS Advisory,” said Puyat.

On Thursday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan ordered the rescission of the public notice regarding the inadequate security measures at the NAIA. The said public notice was issued December last year.

“After months of direct engagement with the United States, the Government of the Philippines has made significant improvements to the security operations of MNL. Both the Manila International Airport Authority and the Government of the Philippines civil aviation security authorities have demonstrated they are willing to work toward sustaining those improvements,” the statement said.

“DHS and TSA remain committed to working with the Government of the Philippines to help ensure a strong security posture at MNL and enhance global aviation security,” it added.

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