UPLB has a new security agency effective 1 August 2018 that will support the University Police Force-Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (UPF-OVCCA) by guarding the University’s internal zone or building premises.
The contract was awarded to Aaron Eagle Security and Investigation Agency, Inc. (AESIA) by the UPLB Bids and Awards Committee (BAC). This was the result of a rigorous selection process coordinated by a technical working group (TWG) formed by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.
The TWG was composed of AVC Roberto G. Visco (chair), Dr. Elpidio M. Agbisit Jr., SOIV Ricardo T. Silab, SOII Rizal T. Huelgas, Atty. Cherry Lou R. Nuñez, and Ms. Jocelyn G. Cordez (recording secretary).
Preparations before deployment
The TWG held various activities to prepare the new security agency before it assumed office.
On 7 June, a forum was held among deans of colleges and heads of units, so that they could air their various safety and security concerns in their respective areas to the officials of OVCCA and the security agency.
On 30 June, VC Serlie Barroga-Jamias officially welcomed the agency to UPLB and oriented its personnel on the different policies in campus.
The personnel then underwent an anti-sexual harassment seminar as required by UPLB, facilitated by Dr. Emilia A. Lastica-Ternura, coordinator of the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment-Office of the Chancellor (OASH-OC).
The agency also presented all its personnel and equipment for inspection by the UPF.
Security agency for UPLB’s external zone
Meanwhile, the bidding for UPLB’s security agency for the external zone, which includes entry and exit points (e.g., UPLB main gate), open spaces (e.g., roads), and far-flung areas (e.g., Pook ni Mariang Makiling), is already in the works. This is once again coordinated by the TWG chaired by AVC Visco.
In the past, the University’s security service provider was the same for both internal and external zones. Having separate security agencies for the two zones was a strategic measure taken by UPLB to ensure efficiency and effectivity, complementation of strengths, as well as continuing service in case one security provider defaults (Written by: Miguel Victor T. Durian)