Stricter Procedures to Be Implemented by Office for Transportation Security to Prevent Airport Theft
The Office for Transportation Security is set to impose stricter procedures and seeks to improve compensation for its employees to prevent airport theft.
On Saturday (September 23, 2023), OTS Administrator Ma. O Aplasca said that the agency will implement stricter baggage inspection procedures to prevent screening personnel from stealing valuables.
The statement came after a baggage screener was caught pilfering paper bills from a passenger’s bag at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The incident sparked a broader investigation into airport security.
Aplasca stated that at least four of the 14 airport checkpoint employees were possibly engaged in the unlawful activity. He stated that OTS would thoroughly investigate any reported theft.
“Dito sa aming kampanya, kahit wala nang complainant, basta may naka-file, talagang sinusundan namin ang investigation,” Aplasca said,
Screening officers will be required to keep bags open in full view of passengers, ensuring transparency and accountability in the process.
“Kung maari, habang nagi-inspeksyon ang aming screening officer ay hindi po siya magbababa ng kamay, magpapasok sa bulsa, at pagkatapos po, dapat ipakita niya na bukas ang kanyang palad,” Aplasca said.
The agency has called upon the Manila International Airport Authority to install security cameras in the inspection areas, enhancing oversight and providing an additional layer of security.
OTS is aiming to improve its employees’ pay, knowing that greater pay is critical for employee morale and honesty. Discussions with the Departments of Transportation and Budget and Management are already beginning to look into the possibility of raising pay rates.
“Karamihan sa tao namin, nandoon po sila sa lower pay scale,” he added.
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