Security personnel of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Monday began training on illicit financial flows in efforts to enhance its capability to identify security loopholes in the country’s financial system.
The training program, which will be hosted by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from Feb. 22 to 26, is meant to provide specialized training in investigations against the illegal movement of money used by criminal groups operating around the world.
It also covers the various aspects of money laundering, the movement and smuggling of currency, and the conduct of related investigations in the international setting.
Classroom instructions will be conducted at the Manila Marriot Hotel in
exercises will be carried out at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Terminal 3 from Feb. 23 to 24. Pasay
The DHS will conduct a Cross Border Financial Investigations Training to be attended by six MIAA personnel from the Intelligence and Access Management Department, Investigation and Detection Section, and ID and Pass Control Division.
Such training is given to law enforcement personnel and intelligence agencies among others.
Other program participants include the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, National Bureau of Investigation, Anti Money Laundering Council, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, in a statement, thanked the US Government for the partnership it continues to foster with the Airport Authority.
“Safeguarding financial regulations is hard work especially in a highly interconnected world. We thank the US Government for ensuring that needed mechanisms are in place among agencies and in crucial places of financial flows such as the airport,” Honrado said.
This program comes after the two-week training earlier this month of the Australian Government’s Office for Transport Security also with MIAA security personnel.
An Airport Quality Control Inspector Course and an Aviation Security Refresher Course were conducted which covered airport procedures on surveillance and security planning, access control, screening, baggage handling, and passenger profiling.