BAGUIO CITY, June 28 (PIA)--Eighty police personnel from the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) completed the Tourist-Oriented Police for Community, Order and Protection (TOPCOP) seminartowards a more efficient promotion of tourism through a safe and secure environment in the region.
Conducted in collaboration with Department of Tourism (DOT) Cordillera and the City Tourism Office, the seminar tackled the functions of TOPCOP and how law enforcers could be “tourism situationers” in terms of basic tour guiding and in handling of tourist-related security and safety issues.They learned some significant historical information of the city and were engaged in the different tourist spots.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, in his message during the graduation, reminded the TOPCOPpolice officers to be courteous in dealing with the people and to maintain good grooming and basic good manners and right conduct at all times.
P/CSupt. Rolando Nana, on his part, challenged the police force to be on guard always since Baguio and the entire region is a tourist destination area year in and year out.
‘Very important persons frequently come up to the city with their families to attend a seminar or a speaking engagement and local and foreign tourists visit our beautiful city and the region as a whole.This is the role of TOPCOP as frontliners to engage these people’, Nana said.
BCPO City Director, P/Sr.Supt. Ramil Saculles clarified that TOPCOP police officers will not be relieved in their stations but would act as frontlines of TOPCOP operatives in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
TOPCOP will be visible in tourist areas in the city like Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Botanical Garden, Mansion House, Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, Diplomat, Lion’s Head and Tam-awam Village.
DOT statistic shows that 1.5 million tourists visited in Baguio City in the last quarter of 2017 alone. (PIA CAR with Gil Zipagan II & Althea dela Cruz – ISU Interns)