San Vi­cente needs more cops

Palawan News - - TOWNS - By Rachel Gana­cial Cor­rre­spon­dent

With its bur­geon­ing tourist in­dus­try, the town of San Vi­cente said it needs ad­di­tional po­lice per­son­nel the to en­sure the se­cu­rity of vis­i­tors.

Lucy­lyn Panagsagan, the town’s tourism of­fi­cer, said in an “Us­apang Turismo” fo­rum held on Tues­day, Septem­ber 25, that they need more se­cu­rity pro­fes­sion­als be­cause they are part of San Vi­cente’s image and val­ues.

San Vi­cente is gen­er­ally peace­ful but any in­ci­dent may af­fect its image as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

“Peace­ful na­man sa San Vi­cente but, of course, we are go­ing to tourism de­vel­op­ment plus the fact na may air­port tay­ong [bago at marami pang tur­ista na] parat­ing, ang im­pact n’yan is in­crease ng at­ing tourist ar­rivals. Tanong nila, kaya ba natin na ma­pa­natili ‘yong or­der­li­ness na meron tayo sa San Vi­cente?” Panagsagan said.

She said they were in­formed by the Palawan Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (PPO) in a fo­rum about its plan to put an ad­di­tional tourist po­lice sta­tion at Long Beach aside from the other post in Port Bar­ton.

Port Bar­ton, she said, has 10 as­signed po­lice per­son­nel to man its pop­u­lar beach and is­land get­aways that are fre­quented by tourists.

Mean­while, mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer James Inawasan said the con­struc­tion of a sta­tion for the PNP Re­gional Pub­lic Safety Bat­tal­ion (RPSB) is on­go­ing at the San Vi­cente Air­port for its 50 po­lice per­son­nel.

“Nag-aug­ment tayo para RPSB na more or less 50 silang per­son­nel so diyan sila sa tabi ta­laga mismo ng air­port. Isang ob­jec­tive is ma-pro­teksy­onan ang air­port natin dahil vi­tal in­stal­la­tion ang air­port natin tapos tri­an­gle yan sila ng PNP and Philip­pine Marines,” Inawasan said.

The 2nd tourism fo­rum is in line with the cel­e­bra­tion of the “Tourism Month” with the theme “Tourism and Dig­i­tal­iza­tion” was par­tic­i­pated by academe and law en­force­ment agen­cies held at the Palawan State Univer­sity Mul­ti­pur­pose Hall from Septem­ber 24 to 27.

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