Philippine Ports Authority hires additional port police personnel
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is beefing up its port police force nationwide in its bid to secure the country’s ports from all kinds of threat.
By the end of the year, the PPA will be deploying some 80 additional port police personnel to augment its existing port police force to man the 115 ports under PPA jurisdiction, Philippine Ports Authority said in its release.
PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said the hiring and deployment of more port police personnel is part of PPA’s continuing effort in ensuring strict implementation of local and international port security measures and protocols.
With the implementation of the International Ships and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code in 2005, Philippine ports have been maintaining high safety and security standards including the maintenance of highly qualified and competent port police force.
The implementation of the Port Safety, Health, and Environmental Health System or PSHEMS, a pet project of the PPA, has likewise called for a well-capacitated port police force to fully implement its provisions.
In June 2019, the PPA port police force had also undergone training on law enforcement techniques under the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to equip responding officers with necessary techniques in dealing with various law enforcement situations.