CAAP Press Release

1 February 2019

In order to prepare its airports against threats of terror and provide safe air transport services to the riding public, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on January 28, 2019, initiated the conduct of Airport Security Committee (ASC) meetings in its 12 area centers nationwide. The ASC meetings are held to revisit and update the airports’ contingency plans and simulate bomb incident management exercises. Other agendas of the meeting include updates on the observance and implementation of the Office for Transportation Security’s (OTS) Security Condition 2 (SECCO 2).

In compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) current National Civil Aviation Security Program (NCASP) and Airport Security Programme (ASP), SECCO 2 is defined as verifiable intelligence indicating the probability that civil aviation operations have been targeted for attack. SECCO 2 requires further security enhancement from aircraft operators and state agencies, such as the CAAP, to manage the risk of flights.

The activation of ASC was set up in view of the recent bombing of the Jolo Cathedral last 27 January that resulted in the deaths of 20 victims and the injury of 102 others.

The 12 CAAP Area Centers in Laoag, Tuguegarao, Plaridel, Puerto Princesa, Legazpi, Iloilo, Bohol-Panglao, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Laguindingan, Davao, and Butuan; and airports in Jolo, Sanga-Sanga, Pagadian, Dipolog, Ozamis, Cotabato, and General Santos, has each convened with their respective Airport Security Committees to manage and assess risks.

The meetings discussed various areas of security including aircraft security checks upon disembarkation, aircraft access management, mandatory removal of shoes at the final security screening checkpoint, and random searches using the Explosive Trace Detection System (ETDS). In the landside and airside areas of airport security, measures such as the deployment of behavioral observation personnel at the passenger terminal building (PTB) front-of-the-house and landside parking area, increasing security patrol visibility, deployment of government armored assets, K9 Explosive Detection Units (EDD), and bomb squad, and the development of a strong security culture amongst airport stakeholders were discussed.