PASAY CITY – The Department of Transportation’s Office for Transportation Security (DOTr-OTS) in collaboration with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), holds another workshop on the development of Ship Security Assessment (SSA) and Ship Security Plan (SSP) in Lucena, Quezon, to help assist shipping companies attain a more responsive maritime security, and prevent acts and terror threats mounted against Philippine vessels. The five-day workshop which began on Monday, 08 March 2021, aims to significantly increase ships and port facility compliance rating and ensure adherence to essential maritime security regulations for the security of ships, ports, cargoes and maritime crews.

Since the Superferry 14 bombing in 2004, maritime security landscape in the Philippines has changed where clearer security regime in domestic and international shipping has been established through the creation of OTS as regulatory and oversight body.

During his opening remarks, OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul L. Del Rosario thanked PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago and other PPA officers for collaborating with the OTS in this initiative. He said that, “Nagpapasalamat ako kay PPA General Manager Jay Santiago, kay Port Manager Atty. Francisquiel O. Mancile, and Port Police Division Manager Sherwin Lemuel Chavez sa assistance. Sa mga nag-join dito sa ating workshop, sana iparating ninyo rin ito sa iba pang ship owners para malaman nila kung gaano ka-helpful itong ganitong workshop para matulungan kayo sa pag-develop ng kanya kanya ninyong security plan and assessment.”

Participating in the workshop were six (6) shipping companies, with twenty five (25) non-compliant vessels.

In 2019, two hundred thirty nine (239) ships attained compliance status and were issued with their respective National Ship Security Certificates from the OTS. Meanwhile, in the last quarter of 2020, the OTS conducted webinars that resulted to the compliance of twenty seven (27) port facilities, and forty three (43) ships.

Also present during the delivery of the Administrator’s remarks were OTS Deputy Administrator Nixon M. Fortes, and Officer-in-Charge for Transport Security Oversight and Compliance Alessandra Johanna F. Arenas.