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Police have been told to increase security in tourist areas.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) top brass has directed all police chiefs and station commanders to step up crime prevention efforts, particularly in tourism areas.

The decision was made in accordance with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s command to expand police presence at popular tourist destinations nationwide to protect both domestic and foreign tourists from criminal elements.

In a statement released on Saturday, Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, director of operations for the PNP, said, “We understand the reasoning behind the order of our Commander-In-Chief, President Marcos, to ensure that all areas in the country, especially tourist spots, are safe because tourism plays a big part in the economic recovery plan of the new administration.”

Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., the PNP officer in charge, wants to make sure that all of his police commanders, all the way down to the precinct level and municipal police stations, comply.

De Leon argued that in addition to earlier warnings to all police commanders to update crime mapping in their separate areas of responsibility routinely, security measures in the nation’s tourism hotspots should be implemented (AORs).

He continued by saying that this should be done in conjunction with heightened information collecting operations to find criminal elements and threat organizations around the nation.

“Crime mapping is crucial because it helps our commanders plan and carries out actions to stop crimes at a certain time and place.

Combined with accurate intelligence information on the groups active in certain regions, “Added De Leon.

As loose firearms are frequently the main tool used in crimes, he also reminded police commanders to abide by the direction of Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Benhur Abalos to increase efforts to account for them in the nation.

He emphasized, “Let’s do our share to contribute to economic recovery by upholding peace and order, which will benefit our country.

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