Customs enhancing security at PH airports

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THE Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) next year will install a closed-circuit television (CCTV) and live stream activities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport customs’ arrival area in a bid to enhance security and monitor the movement of the passengers’ luggage at the arrival area.

“By next year, these (Customs’ arrival) areas will soon have CCTVs that can be monitored by our command center in Manila,” BOC Commissioner Nic Faeldon on Thursday said following an ocular inspection of the “special lane” for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and balikbayan by the BOC at the airport’s  Terminal 1. 

Moreover, Faeldon explained that aside from monitoring the flow of passengers at the customs area, the CCTV units together with the existing x-ray machines will help the bureau thwart smuggling attempts by some passengers.

“Canines will also be of help, especially in detecting marijuana leaves. But in other drugs, the CCTV and the x-ray machines is much better,” Faeldon said adding that about 59 CCTV units will be installed at the three terminals of the NAIA. 

Meanwhile, District III Collector ED Macabeo said CCTV live streaming was first introduced in the BOC headquarters. He further revealed that the live stream can be accessed by the public through public IP address It will feature live images from the CCTV cameras installed at the main BOC building in Manila.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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