Issue of May 14, 2017
Mt. Province

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Benguet police wants foreign tourists ‘reclassified’ in reports
by Jane B. Cadalig

The Benguet Provincial Police Office wants foreigners who made the province their place of domicile to be listed as residents, not tourists.

This is to help sanitize police records of “tourists” who become victims of crimes, which adversely impacts on the police’s crime prevention ability in consonance with the Philippine National Police’s Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule-of-Law 2030. Under the plan, enhancing the security and safety of foreign tourists is one of the measures of the police’s crime prevention ability.

In the first quarter accomplishment report of the BPPO, the office recorded two crime incidents involving foreign tourists.

BPPO Officer-in-Charge Ceasar Sab-it said there is a need to separate foreign tourists from foreigners who live in the province.

He said there are foreigners who have made Benguet their homes, but when they become victims of crimes, they are listed in police records as tourists. 

Benguet Provincial Tourism Officer (PTO) Claire Prudencio said foreigners who reside or conduct business in the province are not considered tourists because the latter are people who visit a place for a certain period only.

She said the PTO will furnish the police records of foreign tourists for the latter’s guide.

“We will, however, send only the definition and the figures, not the identities of foreign tourists,” Prudencio said.

Sab-it aired the predicament during the BPPO Provincial Advisory Council meeting, in which the PTO is one of the members.

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