PNP, firm execs meet to beef up security following Davao bombing
The Philippine National Police’s Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agency (Sosia) has met with security managers of hotels, malls and schools in the country amid several reports of bomb threats following the deadly explosion in Davao City that killed 14 individuals and hurt 71 others.
Senior Supt. Jose Mario Espino, acting Sosia chief, said they decided to gather at least 62 security heads of different establishments to discuss primarily the handling of bomb threats.
“Itong ginagawa ngayon na coordinating conference with malls, schools and hotel security managers at saka mga managers, operators, security service providers ay para hingiin namin ang kanilang tulong dito sa pressing problem natin regarding bomb threats at bomb scares,” Espino said in an ambush interview at Camp Crame.
The meeting was also aimed at “raising the level of consciousness and awareness” of all security personnel manning private establishments.
One of the attendees, Rodel Castillo, president of the Mall Security Management Association of the Phiippines, said they would require mall security guards to undergo a seminar familiarizing them with different types of bombs and spare parts of bombs.
“They need to be familiar with at least one part of a bomb so the guards could easily detect possible bombings,” Castillo said.
For his part, Danny Pineda, Accommodation of Establishments Security and Safety Coordinating Council Inc. president, said security was also tightened in hotels.
Pineda said hotel personnel were instructed to study each guests carefully, especially those paying huge amounts of cash and those who refuse to have their rooms cleaned by the housekeeping unit.
“Kapag obvious naman na nagbabayad ng cash na malakihang amount medyo, tinitingnan namin pero hindi ibig sabihin ay suspek na sila, kung ayaw magpalinis ng kwarto, nakamonitor na ang aming housekeeping kasi baka katulad sa ibang bansa, ayaw magpalinis, hindi umo-order, ’yun pala ay gumagawa na ng bomba sa loob ng kanyang kuwarto,” he said.
The PNP Sosia also urged the officials of private establishments to beef up their security by installing more closed-circuit television cameras and metal detectors.
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