Say Hello to Safer Travels With More "Tourist Cops" Nationwide

Thanks to the TOPCOP program!

( With more than 7,000 islands to explore, it's obvious that having fun in the Philippines has to be balanced out; as the saying goes, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Well, you can travel with a little less worry thanks to a renewed partnership between the Philippine National Police and the Department of Tourism. In a bid to ensure safer tourism, more cops will soon be trained under the Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection program.

P/ Gen. Albayalde and Sec. Romulo-Puyat at a parade held during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement. Department of Tourism - Philippines Facebook Page

The training for cops will cover lectures on tourism awareness, basic principles of tourist safety, and the "Filipino brand of service." The Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (aptly nicknamed TOPCOP) will highlight Pinoys' genuine hospitality, according to Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

"We want to ensure that our police are highly trained, well-equipped, and constantly prepared in performing their duties, especially in responding to crisis situation," said Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the two government bodies. 

More than 4,000 police have undergone TOPCOP training since it began in 2011. So next time you go on an adventure, don't forget to say hi to the tourist police!

Main image from Philippine National Police Facebook Page.

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