Coming Soon To The Philippines: Tourist Police
The Philippine National Police is setting up the country’s first tourist police school in Aklan on Boracay Island. It will be called the Boracay Tourist Police School, and will provide a two-month training for policemen who will afterwards be deployed to the country’s tourist destinations. Such destinations include Boracay itself, Cebu, Davao, Bohol, Puerto Gallera, and more.
The school will be constructed on a 300-square-meter property donated by Commodore Leonard Tirol of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary-Western Visayas. A three-story building will house the school, and construction is scheduled to start in late 2013.
The reception area, administrative and maintenance office will all be on the first floor. One the second story, there will be three classrooms and an office. And, on the third floor of the building, there will be a dormitory and access to the rooftop, which will be utilized as a multipurpose hall.
Nearly 5.5 million tourists visit the Philippines ever year, and a sharp increase is being expected now that the European Union (EU) has lifted a ban against Philippines-based airlines. Later this year, Philippine Airlines is planning to start flying non-stop from Manila to Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and London.
Currently, the most tourists are visiting from Japan, Korea, the United States, and Australia.