- New MIAA manager Ed Monreal confirmed that the OTS has been effectively abolished
- Both MIAA and CAAP will now directly supervise PH’s airport security screeners
- Monreal also vowed more stringent profiling and background checks for security screeners
MANILA, Philippines – To end once and for all any incident of bullet-planting and to streamline the chain of command, both the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will now be directly supervising the country’s airport screeners.
The new MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal has confirmed that the Office for Transportation (OTS), a line agency of the Department of Transportation (DOT) which oversees the security screeners, has been effectively abolished with the new order.
The MIAA will supervise airport screeners working in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The CAAP, on the other hand, will supervise those working in the provincial airports.
Monreal also vowed to subject security screeners to more profiling and background checks to eradicate the possibility of any “laglag-bala” happening again.
“We have to make sure that only the deserving and dedicated security screeners will be allowed to work at our airport to ensure that the riding public are protected from various modus operandi,” he told ABS-CBN.
On the other hand, CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio confirmed that their agency has already started supervising airport screeners in the provincial airports. At the same time, he said President Rodrigo Duterte should finalize the transfer of command with an executive order.
“CAAP was informed to supervise all security screeners in provincial airports but since OTS is an agency created by law, we still need a written order for the full transfer,” Apolonio said.
At the height of the bullet-planting controversy, the OTS, CAAP, and MIAA generated controversy after its respective heads pointed fingers at each other.