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Central Visayas cops may soon learn policing from Boholanos

Tagbilaran City (27 June) -- Bohol tourist police would soon be big brothers to cops all over Central Visayas.

This as Bohol's policing system hailed as an innovation in the country is up for replication in the entire Central Visayas.

The Regional Development Council (RDC-7), in its last full council meeting for this term finalized the resolution enjoining the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas to institutionalize the tourist police in the region.

It may be recalled that during the previous RDC meeting months ago in Larena Siquijor, Council Vice Chairman for private sector and Bohol businessman Norris Oculam who cited that a favorable peace and order situation is among the factors which helped Central Visayas development as premier tourist destination.

The council's Development Administration Committee (DAC), during its February 25, 2010 meeting recommended the move, especially in key tourism areas in the provinces of Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

National Economic Development Authority Regional Director Marlene Rodriguez also said the DAC further recommended for the support of the local government units in the establishment of the tourist police in their respective territorial jurisdictions.

DAC deemed that [the] deployment of tourist police is essential in maintaining the growth of the region's tourism industry, Rodriguez said.

In the continuing efforts to increase the annual tourist arrival despite a perceived 11% increase already, the Regional Police Office has nodded to the move citing the crucial link between tourism development and peace and order, reports said.

Even then, reports bared that Cebu City Police Station has sent about 20 of its officers here for training by the local tourist police, a few weeks before the RDC resolution to the PRO7 was fine-tuned.

Bohol Tourist police are actually men and women trained in police work while securing the peace in tourism areas.

Aside from peace and order keepers, the officers also trained to assist tourists, conduct emergency and rescue operations while implementing tourist-friendly policies in line with existing laws in major tourist destinations in Bohol.

Tourist police operatives are now stationed in Panglao's Alona beach, Loboc Docking Port facility, tarsier viewing stops, the Chocolate Hills and the Sagbayan Peak of the Chocolate Hills. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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