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Three-fourths of Philippine airports with no security equipment

03-05-2012 16:02 BJT

MANILA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- More than three-fourth of the Philippine airports don't have the required safety and security equipment to meet international aviation standards, the Philippine government revealed on Monday.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said a recent bomb scare, caused by a spare car part that authorities thought was an explosive in Kalibo airport of Aklan province, has highlighted the need to improve safety at the country's airports.

DOTC Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said this year, the government would earmark about 500 million pesos (11.7 million U.S. dollars) for the acquisition of x-ray screening and other security equipment for all operating airports nationwide.

He said at the moment, of the 86 airports in the country, only 45 have commercial flights. Others are considered "community airports" that handle only chartered flights.

Of the 45 serving the traveling public, only 21 have proper passenger and cargo security screening equipment, made up of x-ray scanners and metal detectors, among others.

By the end of this year, Roxas said, the DOTC wants all airports that have commercial operations to have the necessary equipment that comply with international safety standards.

According to international norms, passengers and cargoes need to pass through two "layers"of security checks before boarding their respective plane, he said.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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