Retired AFP official Raul del Rosario named transportation security chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2019 10:11 PM

MANILA—Retired Lt. Gen. Raul del Rosario is the new administrator of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS).

According to the Department of Transportation, President Rodrigo Duterte officially signed Del Rosario's appointment papers on Wednesday, August 28.

Prior to his new position, Del Rosario was the vice president for airport operations of Clark International Airport Corp. 

There, he was designated the focal person of the Transportation Security Administration, providing support to the improvements in the security operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

These improvements led to the lifting of a December 2018 public notice regarding poor security conditions at NAIA issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Del Rosario served in the military for 37 years, previously appointed commander of the Western and Central commands of the AFP, as well as various positions under the Philippine Air Force.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Del Rosario's military background can help elevate the country's overall transportation security measures.

"Ensuring the safety and security of all passengers is a huge responsibility, and I believe that we have the right man for the job," Tugade said.