Philippines - Safety & Security


This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade dataLast Published: 7/17/2017


There is a significant demand for safety and security products in the Philippines. Security upgrades are needed in various airports and other facilities around the Philippines. Demand is increasing for electronic surveillance for crime prevention and apprehension purposes both in the national and local government levels. 
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recently launched a “no contact” traffic apprehension system.  This system makes use of CCTV footage as a basis for issuing traffic violation tickets.  MMDA’s video surveillance team has to continuously watch the video footage and manually issue tickets.  The system is still in its infancy and has significant opportunities for automation and enhancement.
Several local government units have initiated CCTV deployment within their localities as a mechanism to protect its citizens from petty crimes.  These CCTV systems are independently installed.  Similar to the MMDA system, there is also a need for automation and to make intelligent use of the data collected.
Philippine airports require technology-based security solutions to enhance current access control systems and emergency evacuation protocols.  Electronic access control ID systems should have the ability to integrate with CCTV capabilities.  There is also a significant need for capacity building for security personnel in areas such as asset/personnel protection, investigations, and incident response and management.
U.S. products, while having an excellent reputation in the Philippines for quality and reliability, face stiff competition from European and Asian companies.  Smiths Detection is the main provider of screening equipment in Philippine airports. Asian suppliers of CCTV are generally preferred due to their affordability compared to their U.S. competitors.
Import tariffs for safety and security equipment range from one to five percent, and are subject to a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 12 percent. Companies that wish to sell to the Philippines must be aware of safety standards prescribed by the Building Code, and the Fire Code.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

  • Access Control Systems (e.g., Badging systems, card access, anti-theft and anti-intrusion systems, perimeter protection & security)

  • Screening checkpoint optimization and passenger facilitation

  • Alarm Systems and Sensors

  • Electronic Surveillance (CCTV cameras, digital video recorders and other digital surveillance equipment)

  • In-line baggage screening systems

  • Airport command & control facilities and technologies

  • Inter-terminal airport communication system

  • Incident response/management procedures and technologies

  • TSA-approved screening equipment for passenger, baggage and cargo

  • Professional training for security personnel


  • Requirements of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) – Among NAIA’s most urgent needs are an integrated electronic badging and access control system, TSA-approved screening technologies, more CCTV coverage, and fire alarm detection system.

  • New Terminal for the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) – this public-private partnership (PPP) project was finalized on April 22, 2014.  The contract includes the operations of MCIA for 25 years beginning on October 2014, and the construction of a brand new terminal by 2018.  The GMR-Megawide Consortium submitted the winning bid of US$327 million for this project.  This is on top of the US$397 million to be spent on the construction of a new passenger terminal building.

  • Construction of the New Bohol Airport - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing official development assistance (ODA) loan to the DOTC for the construction of the US$158 million New Bohol (Panglao) Airport.  Japanese engineering firms Chiyoda Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. are the project contractors.  Construction started in mid-2015 and will be completed in 2017 for this eco-friendly airport with capacity for 1.7 million passengers, and floor area of 8,800 square meters. 

  • Regional Airports PPP - The development, operations, and maintenance of the following airports:

    • Bundle 1: Bacolod-Silay and Iloilo

    • Bundle 2: New Bohol (Panglao), Laguindingan, and Davao

Note: Trade-related data on the safety and security industry is not available.Statistical data for products that fall under the safety and security industry is lumped into consumer goods or industrial equipment.To date, there is no available information on how to accurately extrapolate the data specific to the safety and security industry.

Web Resources:

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)

Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA)

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)

Office for Transportation Security (OTS)

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center

Post Contact information:

Ms. Yna C. Quiambao, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service, Philippines
E-mail: [email protected][email protected]