THE Police Regional Office Cordillera (Procor) is backing the tourism industry of the region with a Monday morning flag-raising ceremony held at Burnham Park.
Procor Director Police Brigadier General R’win Pagkalinawan explained the flag-raising activities at the premier park of Baguio City is in preparation for the return of tourism in the region.
“We are doing this because we are anticipating for the full return of tourism in the Cordillera as tourism is the number two income-generating gross domestic income of the Cordillera next to agriculture. When tourism stopped, this comprises about 28 percent in the gross domestic income of the provinces and municipalities in the region,” Pagkalinawan said.
The regional director explained similar flag-raising ceremonies will be observed by provincial and municipal police stations in the region as a support to the local tourism industry.
“This flag-raising activity is a way for us to promote tourism in the Cordillera so that tourism-related jobs in the region would return and, at the same time, we are encouraging the people that despite Baguio City being under MGCQ (modified general community quarantine), we would just have to await the announcement from Mayor Magalong on when tourism will open and for jobs to return to the people,” the General stated.
He assured the continuous implementation of laws related to the general peace and order situation in the region as Cordillera moves forward to a new normal.
“If the city and the provinces would start opening for tourism, this will give us an opportunity to once again control criminality in the region. In accordance with our observance of the Police Community Relations month this July, we would like to inform the public that we should always be consistent in our law enforcement operations whether there is Covid or not. We should always perform this and not make Covid an excuse for us not to work,” Pagkalinawan added.