MIAA implements tighter security at NAIA terminals

Maris Federez   •   October 31, 2019   •   1246

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is implementing stricter security at all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the influx of passengers.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said they raised the airport alert to security condition number 2.

“May mga panibagong ipinapatupad. May mga random checks ho tayong ginagawa. May mga k9 na nakadeploy. May mga tao at kapulisan na nakadeploy sa ating paliparan. At hindi ko pupwedeng idiscuss in detail iyong iba pang panuntunan to make sure we are all secured,” Monreal said.

MIAA data shows a slightly lower number of passengers in domestic flights this year with 388,218, compared to 2018 with 378,731.

Conversely, the volume of international flight passengers has increased this year with 421,495, compared to that of last year with 381,001.

Airport authorities have yet to announce any flight delays or cancellations as they expect around 130,000 passengers to flock the arrival and departure areas on Thursday’s schedule. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

BOC-NAIA condemns 365 kilos of unregistered medicines, hazardous goods

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 31, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) condemned another 365 kilograms of unregistered medicines and other hazardous goods in Cavite on Tuesday (December 29).

On its Facebook post on Wednesday, the BOC said the seized medicine and cosmetic products are unsafe for human consumption as they did not have the necessary clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan said authorities used thermal decomposer (Pyrolysis) to destroy the enregistered goods to guarantee that no single item will find its way to the market.

The port previously condemned 4.28 tons of unregistered and hazardous goods last December 7. For the year 2020, a total of 373.19 tons of unregistered goods had been destroyed.

The BOC said the move is part of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero’s border protection initiatives to protect the public against unsafe goods and trade facilitation directive to zero out overstaying cargoes to decongest ports. -AAC

DOTr boosts testing capacity in NAIA as OFWs return for the holidays

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 17, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has boosted its One-Stop-Shop as more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) return home for the holidays.

DOTr’s Office for the Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario said this is to prevent the previous inconvenience caused by delayed COVID-19 test results.

Based on the OTS data, an estimated 5,000 OFWs arrive in the Philippines every day during the holidays.

Del Rosario also said additional Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel were deployed.

The One-Stop-Shop partnered with four COVID-testing laboratories to accommodate more OFWs.

Nagkaroon kami ng commitment among these laboratories, nag-commit sila na 24 hours ilalabas nila ang result at walang lalagpas ng 48 hours (We had a commitment among these laboratories. They committed to release the results in 24 hours and not exceeding 48 hours),” he said.

The One-Stop-Shop can process 10,000 swab tests per day, Del Rosario added.

Aside from the laboratories, there are also 21,000 slots available in hotels where OFWs can stay while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

P1.8-M worth of smuggled drugs seized at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P1.8 million worth of smuggled drugs at a warehouse near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Based on the report of the BOC-NAIA, the packages were found at the Pair Cargo warehouse and were declared as “health care products” from Pakistan.

Upon inspection of the goods, it contained 35,345 tablets of diazepam and nitrazepam or anti-anxiety medicines. It also did not have the necessary documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The confiscated goods were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on December 04, 2020, for further investigation, case profiling and build up against personalities involved in the unlawful and fraudulent importation, and prosecution for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) in relation to Sections 118 (Prohibited Importation), 1113 (Goods Liable for Seizure and Forfeiture) and 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). AAC

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