MANILA - Authorities have banned pockets and loose boots from the uniforms of airport contractors handling ground services as part of the government's corruption crackdown, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Thursday.
The contractors were also prohibited from wearing jewelry or carrying mobile phones while on the job. They will also be required to wear body cameras, Tugade told ANC's Headstart.
Tugade said recent reports of theft by airport ground staff "pissed off" President Rodrigo Duterte and "created a millieu of angry people" prompting the government to "micro-manage."
"Number one: I prohibited pockets. Walang bulsa maski saan... Bawal kasi doon sinisilid yan. Yung botas na maluwag bawal, dun sinasaksak," Tugade said.
(Number one: I prohibited pockets. No pockets wherever... They are prohibited because that's where you hide it. Loose boots are also prohibited. That's where you can hide it.)
"No jewelry. When you enter work, wala ka naman jewelry. Paglabas mo, may jewelry ka na," he said.
(No jewelry. When you enter work, you have no jewelry. When you leave, suddenly you're wearing jewelry.)
Mobile phones were prohibited because ground staff should be talking only to each other during work, and not with the "outside world," he said.
"More importantly, I have begged the ground handlers and the service providers: Manage your people," Tugade said.
"I will not be happy with people just being dismissed or people just getting compensated. I want the full arm of the law to follow the perpetrators," he said.
Last week, the government said it would not renew the contract of ground service provider Miascor after its personnel were accused of stealing from luggage at Clark Airport.
Tugade said Miascor's contract had been renewed on a per-month basis since a long-term agreement expired in March last year. He said other service contractors at the airports would assume Miascor's functions for the meantime.