By Richa Noriega
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) obtained a satisfactory rating from the Australian Department of Home Affairs (Aus-HA) on March 5.
This was revealed by Aus-HA Aviation Security Inspector Annette Pearce in the exit briefing last Thursday.
Pearce said some gaps in the previous assessment were addressed, as she emphasized the importance of maintaining data in order to analyze trends and employ necessary actions.
This is NAIA’s second time to receive a satisfactory rating from a foreign security entity after the United States-Transportation Security Administration (US-TSA) gave NAIA a satisfactory rating last Feb. 7.
Aus-HA Counselor Cristina Mojica reminded the airport authorities not to be complacent and encouraged them to push for sustainability and development.
“As before, the challenge was to sustain improvements that have already been there, and to level up and achieve the full potential of your investment in technology and your human resources,” Mojica said.
Meanwhile, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal expressed his satisfaction with the outcome and pledged to sustain the developments.
“We are glad that the improvements made in the NAIA are being recognized. We at the MIAA remain committed to the continuous development of the airport, not only in terms of facilities but also in ensuring security,” Monreal said.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said this development shows that the efforts made by the DOTr, MIAA, and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) are now yielding positive results.
“This is a welcome development. I am happy that the Aus-HA recognizes the efforts of our agencies to improve safety and security in our airports. Just recently, US-TSA noted the improvements. Now, it’s Australia. Clearly, our efforts are really paying off, and it shows that we are on the right track,” the transportation chief said.