Historical Background / Legal Basis of BTPU

LEGAL BASIS

  • Republic Act 6975 as amended by R.A. 8551 (PNP LAW)
  • National Headquarter, PNP LOI 54/05 dated August 10, 2005 (Implementing Guidelines for the MOA between Department of Tourism (DOT), Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) regarding “PROJECT NATIONAL TOPCOP”
  • Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the DOT, DILG / PNP dated July 19, 2005governing coordination, efforts and responsibilities in undertaking and implementing the National TOPCOP Project.
  • General Order No. DPL-18-12, NHQ, PNP “Activation of Bohol Tourist Police Unit”
  • NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2008-402 “Approving the Activation of Bohol TPU”

HISTORY

In 1990s there were attempts to establish a Tourist Police (TP) system in the country but it never reached the quality of the TP unit similar to the one in Thailand. In that country, the TP is institutionalized and treated as a separate division of the Royal Thai Police. Institutionalization is very important in order to improve and sustain the TP.

In the Philippines, no attempt so far could reach Thailand’s performance until Bohol started to look into a professional TP force in 2001. Patterned after Bohol, TP units were created in Boracay and Donsol.

On August 14, 2001, the TP concept of knowledge and skills development training was introduced in Bohol by Mr. Holger Horn, a German expatriate in coordination with the former Governor of Bohol, Hon. Erico B. Aumentado, the three Bohol Congressmen, and PSSUPT Lani-o R. Nerez who was then the Provincial Director of Bohol PPO.

On March 14 and 15, 2002, the first TP orientation was conducted at Camp Dagohoy, Tagbilaran City. Subsequently, an official launching of the Bohol TP was held during the “TABO SA BACLAYON” on March 24, 2002.

Finally, in July 2008, the Bohol Tourist Police Unit (BTPU), the first in Region 7 was officially activated when then PD, BPPO, PSSUPT EDGARDO C. INGKING, after complying all the stringent requirements of NHQ, PNP was able to obtain its order of activation through NHQ, PNP GO No. DPL 08-12 and affirmed by NAPOLCOM en banc through its Resolution No. 2008-402.

BACKGROUND

With the influx of tourists in Region 7, and having been officially declared by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the main tourism hub of the country, the need to generate police officers possessing special qualities of competence, professionalism, and dependability, who are totally devoted to serve with pride and enthusiasm the special needs of both local and foreign tourists becomes imperative. The fulfillment of this need would definitely work towards the attainment of a highly competitive tourist and environment-friendly place, thereby making Region 7 as one of the best tourist destinations in the country and in the world.

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