Airport The Bicol International Airport (BIA) security committee holds an emergency meeting following the bomb scare at the BIA last Monday, the shooting incident near BIA on Thursday and another bomb threat sent by “pilipinas kong mahal”. Representatives from different government security agencies and the airlines attended the meeting. Photo courtesy of CAAP


October 6, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 360 views

Due to bomb threat

THE 42 commercial airports under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are on heightened alert as of Friday, October 6, following a warning received by the Air Traffic Service via email that aircraft from Manila bound for Puerto Princesa, Mactan-Cebu, Bicol and Davao international airports would be blown off by a bomb.

While the information is currently under validation, CAAP said enhanced security measures are immediately implemented across all airports.

In a memorandum issued by Armed Forces of the Philippines (Ret.) Major Gen. Ricardo C. Banayat, assistant director general II of the CAAP Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), he directed all CAAP airports and area centers to augment their security personnel to manage the expected high volume of passengers and vehicle traffic.

This is to ensure the safety and security of passengers, airport personnel and the airport’s facilities.

Stringent access control procedures for both personnel and vehicles will be implemented, accompanied by thorough inspections of passengers and cargo, CAAP said.

CAAP-CSIS personnel are collaborating closely with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP AVSEU) and military authorities, intensifying intelligence and monitoring operations with other security units.

Continuous foot and mobile patrols are also being conducted within both the airside and landside areas of the airport complex, CAAP added.

Airport Security Coordination Meetings will also be convened with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the strict implementation of security measures aimed at preventing any unlawful interference with civil aviation.

The CAAP is advising passengers who will be traveling internationally to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their scheduled flight to avoid any inconvenience.

It is also urging the public to cooperate fully with security personnel and to remain vigilant while at the airport.

“Safety and security remain our top priorities, and these measures are being taken to safeguard all those who use our airports,” CAAP said.

In a separate statement, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has assured the travelling public that it has instituted measures to ensure the safety of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) passengers, flights and facilities.

MIAA said foot and mobile patrols are in place and K9 units are doing the rounds of the NAIA terminals as added measures to its already established day-to-day protocols.

MIAA added that it is closely coordinating with the PNP AVSEU and pertinent government law enforcement units tasked to validate any threat to national security.

“There are no expected impact to any scheduled flights and we would like to ensure the travelling public that protocols are in place to ensure everyone’s safety and security,” MIAA said.