Security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and employees of other government agencies on Monday underwent training by the US Homeland Security officials on international financial crime that focused on the illegal movement of money used by criminal groups around the world.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the training covers various aspects of money laundering, movement and smuggling of currency, and the conduct of related investigations in the international setting.
Six security personnel from the MIAA Intelligence and Access Management Department, Investigation and Detection Section, and ID and Pass Control Division participated in the training.
The other participants were from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, National Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Money Laundering Council and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The training, which will end on February 26, will also tackle Cross Border Financial Investigation.
As part of their training, participants are expected to be able to identify security loopholes in the country’s financial system which criminal elements may exploit.
“Safeguarding financial regulations is hard work especially in a highly interconnected world. We thank the US government for ensuring that needed mechanisms are in place among agencies and in crucial places of financial flows such as the airport,” MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said.