Angara calls for stronger public transport security

November 8, 2009 10:53 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 9 — Citing the vital role of transportation in business, social and economic activity, Senator Edgardo Angara emphasized on Monday the need for more comprehensive security measures throughout the country to prevent security threats to human lives and property.

"The country should promote the installation of transportation security measures whose standards and practices are internationally recognized and considered world-class. Safety and security in all means and modes of public transportation will drive national development and increase productivity," Angara said in a press statement.

Angara is the author of the Philippine Transportation Security Act of 2007 which seeks to establish measures to prevent weapons, explosives or other dangerous elements, devices and cargoes which may be used to commit an act of unlawful interference.

"It is especially beneficial to the Philippines that it is in full accord with other countries' minimum safety and security requirements in public transportation by adopting internationally accepted standards and practices prescribed for transportation security,” he said.

Various organizations of nations and international communities and economies like the United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other regional organization of nations have been promoting intermodal transportation security system to be in full consistency and control over the safety and convenience of all inter-modal transport systems.

"We must bolster a system of coordination and cooperation betgween the transportation sector and law enforcement, public security and safety agencies and of course the citizenry. I urge my colleagues to support this measure. Similarly, I call on the public to help us in achieving a safe and sound transport environment," Angara said. (PNA) sacs/jfm

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