NAPOLCOM okays activation of additional 2 Tourist Police Units
MANILA, Nov. 25 (PNA) -- The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the activation of additional two (2) Tourist Police Units (TPUs) to ensure the safety of travelers visiting the different tourist destinations in Angeles City, Pampanga and Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that the activation of the TPUs of Angeles City Police Office and Lapu-Lapu City Police Office was approved by the Commission through Resolution No. 2015-546 dated October 30, 2015.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the TPUs are responsible for the enforcement of laws and ordinances relative to the protection of lives, properties and environment in their areas of responsibility.
“We assure both foreign and domestic tourists/travelers that the Tourist Police are always ready to serve and ensure their safety and protection while enjoying the magnificent tourist attractions in the country,” Escueta said.
The TPUs are mandated to conduct regular patrol and police visibility to ensure the safety and protection of tourists, travelers and residents within their assigned area. They are also tasked to monitor and investigate all cases involving tourists to resolve conflicts and undertake immediate appropriate action.
During emergency situations, the Tourist Police are required to secure critical areas and immediately call the participation of emergency responders. They are also tasked to assist in the conduct of emergency/disaster programs, such as search and rescue operations as well as provide cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid measures.
In conformity with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9593 otherwise known as “The Tourism Act of 2009,” the PNP has activated a total of 29 TPUs nationwide, as follows: Ilocos Norte PPO TPU (Region 1); Cagayan PPO TPU (Region 2); Zambales PPO TPU and Angeles CPO TPU (Region 3); Cavite PPO TPU and Laguna PPO TPU (Region 4A); Puerto Princesa CPO TPU, Palawan PPO TPU and Oriental Mindoro PPO TPU (Region 4B); Camarines Sur PPO TPU (Region 5); Boracay Tourist Assistance Center and Aklan PPO TPU (Region 6); Bohol PPO TPU, Lapu-Lapu CPO TPU, Cebu CPO TPU, Cebu PPO TPU and Negros Oriental PPO TPU (Region 7); Tacloban CPO TPU (Region
; Camiguin PPO TPU and Cagayan de Oro CPO TPU (Region 10); Davao CPO TPU (Region 11); General Santos City TPU (Region 12); Surigao del Norte PPO TPU (Region 13); Baguio CPO TPU (CAR); Manila Police District TPU, Quezon City Police District TPU, Eastern Police District TPU, Northern Police District TPU and Southern Police District TPU (NCR).(PNA)