PNP orders security agencies to submit plans on commercial establishments

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2017 05:42 AM | Updated as of Jun 17 2017 08:20 AM

The Philippine National Police-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (PNP-SOSIA) on Friday ordered all National Capital Region-based private security service providers to submit copies of their security plans on all mall, hotel, entertainment or mixed commercial establishments of public convergence. 

PNP-SOSIA said the recent attack on Resorts World Manila must serve as a wakeup call for the private security industry.

“The importance of proactive security measures, especially in malls, hotels, resorts and other similar establishments of public convergence can serve as a vital tool of the security management to predict, prevent and prepare for any untoward incident that could threaten lives and cause damage to property," PNP-SOSIA Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino said.

Private security service providers are given until Monday to submit copies of their security plan. 

PNP-SOSIA said it will review all security plans to ensure their feasibility and practicability.

Espino said it is the aim of the PNP-SOSIA to enact a law called “Security Code of the Philippines.”

“Whatever the security requirement that will be set by the PNP or what security agency has been proposing to really address the risk

assessment that they gave sa kanilang client, it should be followed,” he said.

Espino said most of the time, deployment plans and manpower are dictated by the management, which is why the recommendations after risk assessment made by the security provider are junked.

This is exactly what happened when Resorts World Manila management controlled deployment and failed to follow proper uniform assignment and disarmed the guards of the security provider. 

Espino said clients should follow their security provider's recommendations on security plans.

“What security agency has been proposing to really address the risk assessment that they give sa kanilang client, it should be followed. Kapag hindi, there is a clear liability on the part ng kanilang client. Sa contract, 15 guards dapat pero sabi ng client 10 na lang because of budget constraints? Doon nga natin ma-address yun," he said.

"With the security code, hindi na iyun makikiusap because of the expense kasi iyun ang nakita nung security provider na eto ang requirement. Just like sa fire code, kung ito yung entrance mo dapat eto yung fire exit, dito ka sumunod. Kapag hindi mo sinunod yun at nagkaroon ng incident, liable ka kaagad."