Category: Personal Security

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Personal Security Awareness

Case Study An employee of a company had her handbag (containing company and personal valuables) stolen by an unidentified man during an off-site film-showing event inside a cinema in one of SM’s Southern Tagalog branches. The employee (as well as other colleagues) actually noticed the man leaning against a side wall near her chair but...

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Security Professionals Talk About Active Shooters

The Philippine Chapter of ASIS International held their latest chapter meeting and fellowship on April 25, 2013 at Suzuki Auto Sales in Buendia, Makati City. The topic of the night, “Handling of Active Shooter Situation,” was presented by Alvin Matabang CSP, PFSO, CST, a Corporate Security and Safety Manager. Active Shooter Situation Matabang defined that...

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Riding the Bus in Metro Manila

Riding the Bus in Metro Manila

Riding the bus is something many commuters do in Metro Manila. It is one of the many public means of transport in our bustling metropolis. It is part of the vital transportation system that supports the movement of people and the economy in Metro Manila. But somehow, there are a lot of issues concerning buses...

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Boston Marathon Bombing: Quick Analysis

Threat of terror act is constant because there are unwavering and motivated desires to terrorize societies and governments from several known and unknown individuals and groups worldwide.  At any given time and place there is someone designing a better weapon, planning, and rehearsing an attack.  The terrorist and any threat groups have the luxury of...

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Alternative Learning System: The Other Side of Basic Education (Last of Two Parts)

Alternative Learning System: The Other Side of Basic Education (First Part) (Last of Two Parts) In an attempt to address the concerns raised by our mobile teachers, SecurityMatters had an exclusive interview with BALS Director Carolina S. Guerrero last October 2012. Equitable Funding. Director Guerrero admits the increase in allowances of MTs and an equitable...

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Gun ban should go with crime prevention

THE election period in the Philippines began Sunday and signalled the start of a nationwide total gun ban expected to minimize election-related offenses, particularly gun-related violence among political groups and clans. For many, the gun ban brings some relief, especially since the country enters this period with heightened fear of gun-related violence. The accidental death of...

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Philippines: Are We Prepared for the Big Wave?

Last March 11, Japan was hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that caused a gigantic tsunami of up to 38.9 meter high, sweeping the coast of the Miyagi prefecture. The earthquake and the succeeding waves struck 15,000 people dead with less than 10,000 still missing. Aside from loss of life and property, the twin calamities...

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Security Vs. Condo Crimes: High Rise Living

SEVEN years ago, young bank teller Candace Castro was about to sleep in her 11th floor condominium unit when a neighbor knocked on her door. Little did she realize that opening it was the biggest mistake of her life. The intoxicated neighbor, who lived on the 6th floor, pushed her to the floor. Accompanied by...

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Budol-Budol in the 21st Century

Criminals have indeed taken over cyberspace. They come disguised as your average friend, a stranger, or even a genuine business partner. They send you emails that seem innocent enough to merit attention; they ask you to search for a site that seems legitimate; and before you know it, you are hooked—as well as your savings’...

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No Deaths, Lower Injuries Recorded from New Year Revelry

MANILA, Philippines—There were no deaths in the New Year revelry, but 413 injuries were recorded from the period of December 21, 2012 to January 1, 2013, according to the latest statement issued by the Department of Health (DOH). Of the total injuries, 404 were fireworks-related, eight were from stray bullets, and one from firework ingestion....