Manila, Dec. 27 -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday underscored that the Philippines is addressing airport security concerns, so it remains safe to tourists and locals amid an advisory issued by the United States (US) on its primary airport's aviation security measures.

"We assure the international community that the Philippines remains a safe haven for our visitors and residents alike," the DOT said.

In a travel advisory released December 26, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminded passengers that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport does not carry out effective aviation security measures.

The Tourism agency said the Philippine government "respects" this announcement and assured the management and security off...