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Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade once again reiterated his directive for heads of DOTr sectors and attached agencies to heighten security in all airports, seaports, railways, road transport terminals, and issue alert protocols in the wake of Basilan blast, which killed 11 people.

Secretary Tugade stressed that there must be greater vigilance in implementing safety and security measures in public facilities within the jurisdiction of the DOTr, and its attached agencies and sectors. 

“We should not compromise nor take for granted the safety and security in our surroundings, people and facilities. Issue alert and security protocols,” he said.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco said security alert and protocols have been heightened in all CAAP areas of responsibility.

Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Usec. Art Evangelista has likewise directed all OTS personnel to enhance their current security measures and implement their respective Security/Contingency Plans and Manuals. 

“They are further advised to coordinate with appropriate law enforcement units and assume vigilance until aforesaid threat is assessed to have subsided,” said Evangelista.

Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Elson Hermogino likewise reported that “security alert and advisories have already been issued to all PCG units.”

Meanwhile, Asec. Manny Gonzales said that concerned agencies under the DOTr Road Sector have been directed to be vigilant and “institute appropriate security measures to deter any threat to personnel and government facilities.”

Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Junn Magno, meanwhile, said PNR has doubled security personnel on passenger choke points and assigned extra overwatch personnel handling “for broader scan and more eyes”. He said all stations and train security personnel have been alerted.

Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Santiago, MARINA Administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero, and Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal said they have heightened security measures in all ports and terminals and alerted personnel on the ground.

Eleven people were killed when powerful homemade bombs inside a van exploded early Tuesday at a security checkpoint in Lamitan, Basilan. 

“We mourn with the families of those who were killed. We must all work together to make sure this will not happen again,” said Secretary Tugade.

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Press Release

01 August 2018