PCG intensifies security screening in ports, ships

September 12, 2010 11:35 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 12 –The Philippine Coast Guard has intensified the security screening of passengers and their handcarried or check-in baggage through layers of CCTVs, Xray machines, K9s and Blue Guards in all ports around the country.

The measure aims to prevent the entry of loose guns/firearms, explosives, and bladed weapons in passenger terminals and on board ships, having in mind the recent hostage-taking incident in Luneta where nine persons, including the hostage-taker, were killed.

The intensified security measures are also in connection with the forthcoming school/semestral break and the onset of yuletide season when the number of sea travelers is expected to increase.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Wilfredo D. Tamayo directed all Coast Guard Districts, Stations and Detachments to always ensure the vigilance of respective sea marshals, K9s, and Boarding Teams in the performance of their duties.

The PCG also enjoins the riding public to inform Coast Guard Boarding Teams or call PCG HOTLINES 527-8481 or 527-3877 and/or text 0917PCGDOTC for any assistance. (PNA) RMA/JES

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