TOP COP program to ensure safety, security in Metro Manila's tourism hubs

April 14, 2016 3:35 am 

MANILA, April 13 — With the expected influx of both foreign and local tourists in various travel destinations in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) strengthened its Tourist Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOP COP) program.

Under the program, the PNP, in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT) provides specialized training for its personnel in ensuring security in areas visited by tourists.

Police Director Joel D. Pagdilao, NCRPO Regional Director and Atty. Christer James Ray Gaudiano, Director, Department of Tourism-National Capital Region, graced the Ceremony of the National Tourist Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection Trainings (NTOPCOP) together with Bamba Ramos, Tourism Operations Officer, DOT-NCR.

Pagdilao said that the NTOPCOP training aims to strengthen the relationship between the DOT and the PNP in providing a safe and secure environment for tourist, establish a 24/7 tourist Office to be strategically-located in tourist destinations; enhance police visibility in areas with high tourist movement especially during night time, and sustain the availability of tourist police in key tourist destinations.

Participants undergo various trainings such as Tourism Awareness Seminar, Values Formation and Effective Customer Service, cultural Sensitivity Seminar, Language Courses, Risk Reduction and Crisis Management and other tourism related and security training which educate the police on proper ways to address incidents involving foreigners.

To date, the NCRPO have specialized 387 police and are strategically located at tourist destinations in the metropolis.

Pagdilao assured that the number of trained TOP COPS would increase and would be visible in tourist destinations all over the Metropolis.

“The NCRPO is keeping its commitment to showcase good practices in all aspects of public service. This gives us the reason to inculcate and be reminded of the values in becoming effective tourism front liners. Our presence would give our guests a feeling of security and protection while they visit different tourist destination all over the country and give them a reason to promote tourism or encourage tourist to visit the Philippines” Pagdilao noted.

”This is the first batch of TOP COPS this year and we look forward to this effort with DOT to continue until each police officers in the metro will all be certified TOP COPS, he added.

Pagdilao emphasized the role of TOP COPS in the intensified anti-criminality campaign as pre-emptive measures against crime syndicates who victimize foreign and local tourist.

“Remember that the way you treat our guests leave them an impression of well-trained policemen in the country. You reflect who we are as individuals and as an organization. The way to respond assures them a safe and secure haven. These allow us to see them again next year and the year after that,” he added. (PNA)



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