Philippines to deploy more tourist police


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing the deployment of more policemen in the top 14 tourist destinations in the country, saying making the foreigners feel safe and secured would encourage more tourists to visit the Philippines.

But unlike ordinary policemen, Director General Raul Bacalzo, PNP chief, said the additional deployment will have an extensive training on securing both local and foreign tourists under the Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOP-COP).

So far, a total of 185 policemen have already finished their training under the program sponsored by the Department of Tourism (DoT) and all of them will be initially deployed in the National Capital Region and in the province of Cebu.

Aside from Metro Manila and Cebu, other deployment priorities based on the top tourist destination list of the DoT are Camarines Sur, Baguio City, Davao City, Boracay in Aklan, Cagayan de Oro, Zambales, Bohol, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, Camiguin, Cagayan Valley, Negros Oriental and Ilocos Norte.