Philip­pines to train more ‘tourist cops’ to en­sure safety of tourists

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Manila: To en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of tourists in the Philip­pines, the De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) agreed on Tues­day to train more tourist Po­lice per­son­nel that will be de­ployed in tourist spots across the ar­chi­pel­ago. Un­der the mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment, the DOT and PNP pledged to con­duct the so-called Tourist-Ori­ented Po­lice for Com­mu­nity Or­der and Pro­tec­tion pro­gram (TOPCOP) na­tion­wide. “We’re happy to strengthen our part­ner­ship with the PNP to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic vis­i­tors in the coun­try’s tourist des­ti­na­tions,” Tourism Sec­re­tary Ber­nadette Ro­mulo-Puyat said in a state­ment.

Mr Puyat said the TOPCOP train­ing will show­case what she calls the “Filipino brand of ser­vice” high­light­ing the “Filipinos’ unique and gen­uine hos­pi­tal­ity.”

“With (the Po­lice) help, we can rest as­sured that we are not alone in send­ing a strong mes­sage to our vis­it­ing tourists that our coun­try will con­tinue and al­ways will be a safe desti­na­tion,” Puyat added. Po­lice Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde, the PNP Chief, wel­comed the DOT’s sup­port to the pro­gram “that will en­hance po­lice vis­i­bil­ity in vis­i­tor ar­eas, where PNP per­son­nel will pa­trol, as well as set up tourist as­sis­tance cen­tres and com­plaints desks.”

The Philip­pines is hop­ing to reach its tar­get of 8.2 mil­lion for­eign tourist ar­rivals in 2019, a mil­lion higher than 2018.

A to­tal of more than 4.1 mil­lion for­eign tourists vis­ited the Philip­pines from Jan­uary to June 2019, the De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) of the Philip­pines said last month, an 11.43-per cent in­crease from the same pe­riod recorded in 2018.

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