THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently initiated the conduct of Airport Security Committee (ASC) meetings in its 12 area centers nationwide to prepare its airports against threats of terror and provide safe air transport services.
The ASC meetings are held to revisit and update the airports’ contingency plans and simulate bomb incident management exercises.
Other agendas in the meeting include updates on the observance and implementation of the Office for Transportation Security’s (OTS) Security Condition 2 (SECCO 2).
In compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) current National Civil Aviation Security Program (NCASP) and Airport Security Programme (ASP), SECCO 2 is defined as verifiable intelligence indicating the probability that civil aviation operations have been targeted for attack.
SECCO 2 requires further security enhancement from aircraft operators and state agencies, such as the CAAP, to manage the risk of flights.
The activation of ASC was set up in view of the recent bombing of the Jolo Cathedral last 27 January that resulted in the deaths of 20 victims and the injury of 102 others.
The 12 CAAP Area Center in Laoag, Tuguegarao, Plaridel, Puerto Princesa, Legazpi, Iloilo, Bohol-Panglao, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Laguindingan, Davao, and Butuan; and airports in Jolo, Sanga-Sanga, Pagadian, Dipolog, Ozamis, Cotabato, and General Santos, will also conven with their respective Airport Security Committees to manage risks.
The ASC discussed various areas of security including aircraft security checks upon disembarkation, aircraft access management, In-Flight Catering Security Plan development, and random searches using the Explosive Trace Detection System [ETDS] and other important matters.