DOT orders review of security protocol of casino-hotels » Manila Bulletin News



By Betheena Kae Unite

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has ordered a review of the security protocol of the Resorts World Manila (RWM) and all similar establishments in the country to avoid repeat of the RWM incident.

During the “Kapihan sa Manila Hotel” Monday, Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre said that what happened to RWM “compelled them to conduct a review of the security process of all hotel and casinos in the county.”

Smoke rises from the The Resorts World Manila hotel and casino complex as police maintain security in Pasay City. (Photo by Ali Vicoy) Manila Bulletin File Photo

“Secretary Wanda (Teo) said she wants to discuss with hotel and casino operators to review their security protocols,” Alegre said.

“Hotels and gaming establishments security must be reviewed. The security concern must be felt that it has to be serious,” Alegre said.

Alegre pointed out that RWM is a multi-use facility, not just casino but it also has mall, restaurants, hotel, activity area, and corporate center and it has many entrances.

“They must have security in place when you have a multi-facility like that,” the DOT official said.

Alegre, however, clarified that the DOT does not single out RWM on this case saying the department will conduct discussions with other hotel and casino operator to review their security protocols.

Alegre also said that RWM was DOT-accredited. He said that in order to be accredited by the DOT, the company goes through a long process. He added that a hotel and casino can lose its accreditation if it fails to comply with proper security measure.

Meantime, Alegre said they still cannot determine if RWM will be sanctioned pending investigation.


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