THE US’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has lifted the “public advisory” on security conditions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan ordered the immediate “rescission of the Public Notice regarding security conditions at NAIA,” which was issued in December 2018.
The DHS said that the notice was issued “after multiple assessments of Manila identified a failure to adequately implement and maintain international security standards and recommended practices” established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“After months of direct engagement with the United States, the Government of the Philippines has made significant improvements to the security operations of MNL,” the DHS said in a statement.
“The DHS and TSA (Transportation Security Administration) remain committed to working with the Government of the Philippines to help ensure a strong security at MNL and enhance global aviation security,” it added.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. welcomed the lifting of the public advisory as he lauded US Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Sung, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez for their help to improve NAIA security.
“US Homeland Security lifted security concerns about NAIA. Congratulations US Amb Kim Sung for all the help; PH Amb Babe Romualdez in Washington for the unrelenting pressure; and DoTr Sec Tugade for doing in 6 months what US Homeland expected would take years. What a winning team,” Locsin said on Twitter.
Kim also tweeted, “I want to congratulate our colleagues at @MIAAGovPH and @TSA for working together so effectively to improve security conditions at NAIA to achieve standards and practices established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.”
Romualdez said the DHS and TSA “informed us that NAIA is much improved now. Our US friends are extremely pleased with our cooperation.” BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO