October 18, 2017: *** The newly-restored Holy Trinity Parish Church of Loay is formally turned-over on Sunday October 15, 2017 from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to the Diocese of Tagbilaran through Bishop Alberto Uy. ***For the very first time, Bohol landed among the 14 finalists in the search for thr Most Business-Friendly Province in the country. ***PDEA-Bohol Head Agent Nicholas Gomez admitted that the drug problem in Bohol persists despite the reduction of supply of shabu coming from Cebu. *** The administration of the Bohol District Jail is now planning to acquire an x-ray machine as part of its crackdown on the entry of contraband into the jail facility, said BDJ Warden Jail Chief Insp. Felipe Montejo. *** DILG-Bohol conducted People's Forum on Federalism on October 17, 2017 at JJ's Seafood Village with city/municipal information officers and CSO/Faith-Based Representatives as participants. ***Schools across the province are expected to conduct make-up classes in lieu of class suspensios due to the two-a nationwide raspot astrike, according toDepEdBohol SchoolVGovernace and Operations Division Chief Desiderio Delgero. ***The province is bent on making history by getting a UNESCO recognition as a global geological park, the first for Philippines. ***The symbolic unveiling of the Geomarker at the Chocolate Hills Complex on Sunday will boost Bohol's application for UNESCO declaration of the entire province as a global geological park.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Keeping tourists at peace With the PIPS in Panglao

By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

PANGLAO, Bohol, Aug 26 (PIA) --A grossly outnumbered force and tourist police complement keeps Panglao a haven for tourists peace, how do they do that?

Tasked with keeping peace and order for the almost 26,000 Panglao-anons and the daily influx of local and foreign tourists, the men in blue here have an ace in their sleeves however.

The Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) is the key, admits PInspector Cesar Acompañado, who said the system allows them to make do with the scant resources available to him and his force. 

Panglao’s alluring beaches and its homey resorts coupled with world class dive sites has made the town a popular destination for local and foreign tourists, adding more concern to the police as tourism is sensitive to issues of peace and order.
Through foresight and the strict implementation of the PIPS, Panglao police has seen a 78.5 percent decrease in crimes on the period from January 1 to August 15 compared to last year, said Panglao police deputy chief.

From January to August of 2010, Panglao police blotter recorded 49 crimes, according to Acompañado.

This year, with the implementation of the PIPS, he reported at the Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) at the Flushing Meadows Resort Tuesday, that the station recorded only 16 crimes.

Bohol PSSupt. Constantino Barot and his leadership at Camp Dagohoy adopted the PIPS, which focuses on three crime areas and approaches criminology scientifically.

PIPS makes police crime response effective by getting to profile crime situations and apply these formats to future crime responses and preventive patrols, explains Police Deputy Regional Director for Operations Louie Oppus.

Oppus, former Tagbilaran City Police chief before his promotion to a higher post in Cebu said PIPS profiles crime maps, crime days and crime clock to determine where and when to conduct mobile and foot patrols for crime deterrence.

This is also complemented by a checkpoint manned by police officers who know what they are doing, he stressed.

The checkpoints are manned by at least eight police officers who know what they are doing and are doing it right, Oppus said.

For Panglao, aside from the strict PIPS implementation, he also admitted before the media gathered at the forum that deterring crimes also means letting people know that somebody watches over them.

When our intelligence network reports a stranger in town without a clear business interest, the police initiates contact with the person.

Even the complimentary Tourist Police assigned at the Bolod detachment agree that the PIPS has raised the bar of police service in the area of tourism.

Made a template for the national implementation of the tourist police, Bohol’s initiative at putting up more police visibility in tourist areas through foot and beat patrols or bike and mobile patrols has cut police response time, reports PInspector Cesar Misola.

Misola, Tourist Police Chief said the unit has signed a memorandum of agreement with tourist establishments in their area of responsibility to have police officers on visibility patrols in the areas with a bulk of tourists to watch. (30)

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