OTS Heightens Security as Christmas Season Draws Near

In line with the instruction of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista to ensure the safety, security, reliability and comfort of passengers and the expected surge during the yuletide season, the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) shall inspect airports, sea ports, bus terminals and railway stations nationwide to ensure that transportation operators and stakeholders implement and maintain adequate security measures.

OTS Administrator Undersecretary Ma.O Aplasca has ordered the cancellation of leave of airport Security Screening Officers (SSOs), and ensured the conduct of compliance monitoring activities in major transport hubs as it activates OPLAN Biyaheng Ayos: Paskuhan 2022 beginning December 23, 2022 until January 03, 2023.

“The OTS is ready to serve the public this Christmas season. We have already removed the initial security screening checkpoints in some airport terminals in time for the yuletide season, like in NAIA Terminals 1 & 2, and in Cebu, and our manpower have been proportionately distributed to augment each of the screening lanes to facilitate fast and efficient movement of passengers going to the boarding area.” Usec. Aplasca said.

He also reminded passengers to check their bags for potential prohibited items left, to avoid any inconvenience while at the security screening checkpoint.

“We would like to once again remind passengers to check their bags for any potential prohibited items. The list is posted on the OTS website (ots.gov.ph). We have also established a public hotline (+63917-315-5377/+63923-271-5207) where passengers may contact us to report for any suspicious activities and packages which may be left behind at any transport terminals, and an e-mail ([email protected]) should there be complaints.” Usec. Aplasca added.

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