DOT to send “tourist cops” to Bicol
As part of the activation of its Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOPCOP) program, the Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) will soon deploy “tourist police” in the various local government units (LGUs).
Herbie Aguas, director of DOT-5, stated on Sunday that tourist cops must be established and put into action in order to reassure both domestic and international tourists that visiting the area’s many attractions is safe and enjoyable.
Noting the increase in visitor arrivals to the region since the nation started to open up the tourism industry, he said it is high time for the LGUs to train and deploy their tourist police.
With all the visitors visiting Bicol right now in such amazing numbers, Aguas said in a phone interview, “I’m just very glad that we have these TOPCOP training for our Albay Philippine National Police (PNP).
From January 10–13, the Ligao City Hall hosted a three-day integrated TOPCOP training for at least 60 members of the Albay police force.
It strives to increase front-line staff members’ ability to provide excellent, professional service to tourists as well as their performance in doing so.
“The PNP employees who are designated as tourist police are also intended to receive an overview of fundamental tourism ideas during this training. Instilling the function of tourist police among the participants who are allocated to the various cities and municipalities in the province would also aid in helping them educate values in becoming successful tourism frontliners, “In a social media post, the Albay Tourism Office made a statement.
The proper training will enable our police to serve as both safety policemen and tour guides, according to Aguas.
He stated that after Albay, they will travel to Catanduanes, Sorsogon, and Camarines Norte to instruct police officers on the fundamentals of visitor safety and the reputation for excellent service in the Philippines.
Lessons on tourism awareness, values, and character are also included in the programs.
“They will receive training from the DOT on how to deal with tourists. They also need to be familiar with the local customs, culture, and personality “said Aguas.
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