Security forces at the Tagbilaran City Airport and its surrounding areas remain on heightened alert as part of preparations for the expected influx of travelers during the Holy Week break and the arrival of over 200 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) delegates on April 19.
According to Aviation Security Group (AVSEGroup) chief Sr. Insp. Marvin Bolic, security measures are being implemented such as the arrival of additional police personnel at the airport in time for the ASEAN Summit meetings in Panglao on April 19 to 22.
There are currently 18 policemen including personnel of the Regional Public Safety Company-7 stationed at the provinceâ€™s sole airport while 40 more security forces are expected to be added in the following weeks, said Bolic.
More explosive detection dogs or K9 units are also expected to augment the airportâ€™s security force to boost capabilities in checking luggage and vehicles for contraband.
During the ASEAN meetings, five helicopters will be deployed to conduct an aerial patrol around Tagbilaran City and Panglao, added Bolic.
One of the five helicopters will serve as an air ambulance to provide quick response during emergency situations.
Since last year, the AVSEGroup has also been coordinating with barangay officials and enlisting the aid of residents in nearby areas to help secure the airportâ€™s perimeter.
The initiative started as part of the AVSEGroupâ€™s efforts to prevent terrorist attacks and other dangers in the wake of the Davao City blast which claimed the lives of 14 people and left scores injured in September last year. (Allen Doydora)