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The 8th Aboitiz Security Forum

Andy Torrato | March 13, 2018

The 8th Aboitiz Security Forum was held on Feb. 8 to 9, 2018 in Davao City.  It was well-attended, with all the energetic Security team leaders and team members from the different SBUs – AP Gen (APRI, Coal Group, Hedcor, and Oil BU), AP DU (CLPC, DLPC and VECO), Food Group (PANC & PFC), AboitizLand and Aboitiz Construction Inc. – eagerly participating in these action-packed two days, specially designed to ensure optimum learning and networking experience for all. Also present were security heads from Republic Cement, UnionBank, CitySavings and PETNET.  We were likewise privileged to have with us AEV’s Risk Management team and Group Internal Audit.

Mr. Txabi Aboitiz, Chief Human Resources & Quality and our Chief Security Executive, opened the forum to welcome everyone and provide an inspirational talk.

“It has been quite a while since the group-wide physical assets security group started years ago and we have come a long way. We started by building the five (5) basic key elements of:


These have been the foundation blocks that has allowed us to set in place an established and robust physical asset security structure.

As our group matured, we shifted our Physical Asset Security focus slightly toward the following key rocks:


These focus areas support our group’s strategic pillars of:



This year’s theme revolves around the Aboitiz Group’s brand promise of Advancing Business and Communities. We have always been sensitive toward the communities we do business in dating back over 100 years.  Why? Because we have always believed that it is only through thriving communities that we can insure sustainable benefit across all levels of society.

Every sector in our enterprise has the opportunity, in one way or another to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities.    Security is no different. We all have our own stories as to how we do this today.

In today’s world, with increasing threat of insurgency and terrorism, we are in a state of constant Alert. It was not long ago when the Marawi Siege concluded, yet the threat of Muslim Extremists continues to be a concern. The NPA, on the other hand, insists on extorting businesses and threatens to damage facilities unless the private sector gives in to their demands. A lot of businesses have already suffered substantial losses from these insurgents’ attacks.

More than ever, our philosophy of being a good neighbor to the community where we operate in is critical. We provide employment, support developmental projects, livelihood and infrastructures like school buildings and roads, and continue to engage the community and law enforcers through our corporate social responsibility activities.

Our second strategy of being as tough a target as we possibly can remains to be sound.

I encourage all of you to continue to explore, in your own way and in your own locality, to advance business and communities.

The desirable state is trust and collaboration – where we do not operate alone but as part of the community where we help defend each other against the enemies of the state.”

Indeed, the support provided by our security stakeholders remains paramount and vital, and continued collaboration with them becomes imperative, while we continuously improve and harden our security posture.

Invited guests and speakers in attendance were:

Mr Bingen Mendezona, VP for Corporate Security of AEV shared his expertise in responding to an active killer incident while Mr Joseph dela Cruz provided insights and techniques in monitoring and countering the infiltration of rogue elements to the workforce.

A workshop was conducted where security heads grouped themselves to work on topics that are current issues and concerns of physical security.

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The competitive spirit of each group was clearly displayed during the presentation where the values of responsibility, teamwork, innovation and excellence were definitely exemplified.

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TSI played host during the second day where a plant tour took place to highlight not just the security implementations but the overall set-up of this new landmark in Davao. Being one of the goal of the forum, it was an opportunity for each of the security heads to witness best practices at the plant.

A team-building activity, organized by TSI Security Team, involved a fun shoot fest involving each participant in a competitive show of target shooting abilities. A firearms safety briefing was conducted prior the competition.

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TSI also showcased their newly formed Quick Response Team who simulated a closed-quarter reaction to an armed attack scenario in a mock-up Admin Building and Front Gate to the delight of the participants.


As the final day drew to a close, and to cap the once-a-year forum, a fellowship was had at Igso in Victoria Plaza, Davao City.  Over all, it had been a successful, remarkable, memorable experience. Positive feedbacks from attendees include a clamor for more time in the firing range and some thought-provoking challenge in the workshop. To all who’s been involved in organizing this event, it gave them a sense of fulfillment, recognized for their hard work and excellence.