MANILA - The Philippines needs to create its own Department of Homeland Security that will trim down the bureaucracy and effectively handle problems such as terrorism, the head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Monday.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano said terrorists can slip in and out of the country via airports, sea ports or the backdoor because of the need to coordinate with various government agencies.
He said the country's ports are handled by the Bureau of Immigration which is under the Department of Justice, Bureau of Customs under the Finance Department, Coast Guard which is under Department of Transportation, and the Philippine National Police under the DILG.
"Bago mo malaman 'yan, siguro nakaalis na, o nakapagpasabog na, kasi di mo 'yan maipapatawag. Magpapaalam pa 'yan sa department head n'yan. Di yan makapag-commit, kailangan susundin niya 'yung protocol sa department nila,' he said.
"Kung isang department lang, you don’t need any memo. You just call them and say: 'There is a threat, sit down, neutralize the threat."