All-systems go for 5-day int'l seafarers' conference at PICC — PNP

June 20, 2010 11:02 pm 

MANILA, June 20 — The Philippine National Police (PNP) declared its readiness on Sunday for the five-day international conference for seafarers which opens Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina appealed to the motoring public for understanding and cooperation to the temporary inconvenience that will be caused by the movement of the security convoys of conference delegates, numbering about 600 from various countries.

Espina said the PNP is fielding a 5,000-strong security contingent to ensure safety and security of foreign delegates to the 2010 international diplomatic conference on Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (SCTW) organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and hosted by the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications.

IMO Secretary-General Ethimios Mitropoulos will formally open the international conference on Monday, with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo delivering the keynote address.

PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa has designated Deputy Director General Edgardo Acuña, PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, to head the PNP National task Force 2010 SCTW Conference.

The security contingent is divided into 11 task groups, each responsible for different functions such as area security, close-in VIP security, route security and traffic management, mobile escort, emergency medical service, communications, intelligence, investigation, airport security, and seaborne patrol.

DOTC Acting Secretary Anneli Lontoc said "this year, being declared as the 'Year of the Seafarer,' is an opportune time for IMO and the maritime community to pay tribute to seafarers from all over the world for their unique contribution to society and in recognition of the risks they confront in the execution of their daily tasks and duties.”

Espina said a Joint Intelligence Center composed of PNP Intelligence Units and other agencies that make up the national intelligence community has been established to monitor and address all possible security threats to the international conference.

The security contingent held security dry-runs during the weekend, particularly on security procedures and movement of convoys from the airport to the conference venue and billeting areas of the delegations. (PNA) scs/MM

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