TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) – The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) has reminded government offices to step up security measures in state-owned facilities.

Speaking to government officials on the sidelines of Regional Development Council’s Development Administration Committee on Friday, NICA assistant regional director Eustacio Bacabac noted that most government agencies have no “organic security guards.”

“Most government agencies don’t have security program and no security officer responsible for the security of the office. Some agencies rely on blue guards for the security needs and requirement,” Bacabac said.

Blue guards, according to NICA official, are not organic and they have limited access to offices.

“They don’t have the right mindset to secure our office since most of them don’t receive just compensation,” Bacabac added.

The meeting includes an hour-long orientation on the basic concepts on security and Executive Order 608, mandating the establishment of a national security clearance system for government personnel with access to classified matter.

NICA also warned government officials against some groups and individuals trying to access documents to be their source of intelligence and other relevant information, in order “to accomplish their unlawful objectives.”

NICA urged agencies to launch a good security program, taking into consideration the personnel, document, communication and physical securities. (PNA)