The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has put all ports in heightened alert starting October 30th as a precautionary measure against any possible entry of the deadly Ebola virus.
According to PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana, a strict and constant security measures in the Philippine ports will be a deterrent not only against illegal elements but also against the virus.
The activities being taken within this framework by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) include enhanced security procedures through maximum utilization of walk-through and baggage x-ray machines, walk through metal detectors, utilization of K-9 Units as well as continuing visibility of PPA Police and security guards within the port area and PTBs.
“I have already ordered our port managers to take all the necessary measures to reduce the inconvenience and to make sure that our ports are safe at all times.
I also reiterated my earlier directive barring private insurance firms from selling additional insurance cover for passengers inside PPA port premises to prevent arbitrary expense for the riding public,” Sta. Ana added.
PPA said that a well-ventilated passenger terminal building with clean comfort rooms, nursing stations and other travel amenities will be put into service.
Also round-the-clock medical and passenger assistance counters and passenger help desks ready to assist will also be provided.
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