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Australia and the Philippines Collaborate to Strengthen Airport Security

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The Australian Government recently donated five laptops with X-Ray Tutor 4 (XRT4) software to the Philippines, enhancing aviation security training. This move is a significant part of the ongoing collaboration between the two countries to secure critical infrastructure, especially in aviation.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, HK Yu, presented these laptops to Jose Briones Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Philippines’ Office for Transportation Security. The event included a demonstration of the software, emphasizing its role in training airport security personnel to identify prohibited items in passenger luggage accurately.

Ambassador Yu highlighted the importance of international partnerships in enhancing aviation security.

“Recognising the complexity of our world today, it is important to work with partners like the Philippines to promote aviation security. Successfully detecting threats to civil aviation in a simulated environment enhances the ability to detect threats in the event of a real attack,” Yu said.

Assistant Secretary Briones expressed his gratitude for the collaboration, saying, “We are delighted to collaborate with the Australian Government towards a safer transportation system.”

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This initiative is part of a broader, long-standing aviation security partnership between Australia and the Philippines. Previously, Australia had provided similar software and laptops for cargo screening to the Philippines, along with training to ensure their effective use.

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