PALO, Leyte, April 28 — The Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office here has strengthened its tourism police assistance program as part of the 2017 summer vacation security plan.
Thousands of tourists are expected to visit top destinations this summer such as Kalanggaman Island in Leyte, Biri Rock formations in Northern Samar, and caves in Samar.
Chief Insp. Ma. Bella Rentuaya, PNP regional spokesperson, said more tourist-oriented policemen had been deployed to police assistance desks to ensure safety of visitors.
“Our tourism police officers are also in closed coordination with the local government units and Philippine Army to secure destinations especially those located in remote areas,” Rentuaya said.
“We are just happy that all local government units with known tourist destinations are supportive to the police summer vacation security plan,” Rentuaya added.
The PNP has been guarding coastal villages to prevent entry of terrorist groups from Mindanao after the Abu Sayyaf entered nearby Bohol province.
The police also activated their village intelligence communities in the coastal areas and also ensured that coordination with village links is well secured.
Rentuaya asked the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities in their areas to police. (Lizbeth Ann A. Abella/PNA)