All airport officials and personnel of the Philippines are mandated to implement tight security and to always keep an eye on those who might sabotage airport operations and communications especially on Christmas season. Every passenger or tourist must cooperate and try to understand the obligatory proceedings although this would create hassles and to buy more time than usual.
In addition, a manual inspection must also be conducted by security personnel to see the outline of a passenger and potential weapons beneath their clothes. At the end of the day, this is done only for passengers own safety and to have them a peace of mind on their trip.
This advisory was first issued by CAAP Director General Ramon S. Gutierrez, when he called on CAAP-owned and operated airports, International Airport Authorities, government law enforcement and airport private security agencies to stay more focus in the light of continuing mass protests by PAL unions against the management.
Some issues were reported that the mass protests by PAL unions and staffs served as the prime reason they carried out a mandatory tight airport security but they (officials) clarified that was not really their motive.
Today, there are many police officers and K-9 dogs being deployed to their designated areas in all airports of the Philippines especially at the pre-departure and departure areas to ensure security of passengers.
“Passengers traveling to Manila and Cebu could see increased screening at gates and when they check bags, as well as other measures on flights such as stowing carry-ons and personal items before the plane lands” Sumergido said, the officer-in-charge of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).