Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has transferred security operations in all public and private sea ports in the country to the Philippine Coast Guard. This is in response to possible threats that sea ports may be targets of terror attacks by terrorists/militants, both local and foreign. The Philippine Coast Guard may now cause the arrest and detention of people, cargo and vessels violating Philippine laws and can file the appropriate charges in court.
Port security was previously under the control of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
The order took effect 5 June 2017 and will initially remain in effect until 22 July 2017 unless further extended.
The inspections that will be conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard may be cause for some delays in the estimated arrival time of ships.