Google map of Misamis Oriental province.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office (MPPO) Wednesday said it plans to increase police visibility in tourist areas and rural communities of the province.

During a media briefing, Col. Gonzalo Villamor Jr., MPPO director, said having more police presence in tourist spots is aligned with the provincial government's plans to develop the province into a tourism hub in the country.

"Generally we don't have major problems in the province since we are generally peaceful, so we can deploy (more) police on tourist destinations," he said.

Likewise, he said having more police personnel deployed in hinterland communities would support the Army's Community Support Program, which is part of the government's ant-insurgency campaign.

Last week, former Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, the province’s current 2nd district representative, filed House Bill 4254 seeking to name Misamis Oriental as a Tourism Development Area.

Once enacted into law, the province can encourage the development of an “equitable, accountable, participatory, culturally aware, and economically viable local tourism business." (PNA)