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Australia gifts airport screening training software to the Philippines

The Australian Government provided laptops installed with X-Ray Tutor (XRT) training software to the Philippines Office for Transportation Security (OTS) to help aviation security screeners detect prohibited items in air cargo.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson AO handed over the training software and laptops to the Administrator of the Philippines Office for Transportation Security, Undersecretary Raul del Rosario.

Ambassador Robinson joined Undersecretary del Rosario in a simulation of the X-Ray Tutor software. During the demonstration, Ambassador Robinson said, “While no security screener ever wants to detect an improvised explosive device when carrying out their functions, this software helps screeners ‘know what to look for’ and ‘what to do’ should this situation ever arise. Successfully detecting concealed components of an improvised explosive device (IED) in a simulated environment could result in many lives being saved.”

Undersecretary del Rosario said, “Not only will the XRT software help screeners sharpen their skills in detecting prohibited items, it will also help screening supervisors identify gaps in staff skills and their training needs.”

The Cyber and Infrastructure Security Centre, part of the Australian Department of Home Affairs, funded the gifting of the XRT software and laptops. This complements the updated cargo screening guidance issued by the Philippines Office for Transportation Security.

The delivery of the XRT training software and laptops also meets the priorities of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Global Aviation Security Plan, applying technical solutions and improving human capability to detect new and emerging threats to achieve better civil aviation security outcomes for the Philippines and Australia.

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Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO hosted Undersecretary Raul del Rosario, Administrator of Philippines Office for Transportation Security at his official residence to handover Australia’s gift of training software and laptops which will will help aviation security screeners detect prohibited items in air cargo. Manila, 8 April 2022.

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