DOT welcomes lifting of US security notice on NAIA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2019 12:55 AM

MANILA—The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the lifting of public advisory of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding security conditions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“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,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

"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.

A travel advisory against the Manila airport was issued by DHS’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in December 2018, citing NAIA "does not maintain and carry out effective security consistent with the security standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)."

TSA recommended the installation of new X-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors and alarm systems as part of improved security measures.

"Over the 7-month period, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) implemented security improvements and enhancements to upgrade to international aviation security standards with the assistance of the TSA experts," DOT said in a statement.

On Thursday, August 8, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan ordered the lifting of the public notice regarding security conditions at NAIA.

"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," DHS said in a statement.