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‘Tourist police’
replication proposed


The Philippine National Police wants to review the 14-day tourist police training in Negros Oriental landmark program for possible replication nationwide.

Provincial police director, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, said the course launched on May 28 after the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the PNP-Negros Oriental and the Negros Oriental State University, offers a program different from the regular tourist police training offered by the Department of Tourism.

At least 70 police personnel, some of them already designated as tourist police in their towns or cities, are enrolled in the course, free of charge, that is held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday at the Negros Oriental State University main campus in Dumaguete City.

The expanded training has included such subjects as dealing with tourists and their concerns, and is based on the regular tourism course being offered by NORSU, Lawas said. 

The first batch of tourist police in Dumaguete was trained by the DOT before their deployment.

Lawas yesterday said that the PNP national headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City has asked for a copy of the agreement for review.

Aside from the tourist police training, a previous program on vocational/technical courses, such as auto mechanics, was also offered by NORSU for police personnel and held during weekends.

Dr. Henry Sojor, NORSU president, said the tourist police training is part of the university’s mandate to offer free courses to the PNP, government offices and government-paid employees, under its extension services program.

Lawas also said they are now working out with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to have the certificate course accredited.*JFP


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