TACLOBAN CITY-Police in Samar province launched the ‘Bantay’ tourist bike patrol in support of the eco-tourism programs of the provincial government.

The tourist bike patrollers will focus their activities to safeguard the tourists as well as the tourist destinations of the province, says Samar police director Colonel Peter Limbauan.
“This project will also be replicated and strengthened in all local police stations with identified tourist destinations,” he added.

Samar provincial tourism officer Marvin Piczon lauded the initiative, adding that his office through Governor Sharee Ann Tan will provide support the program.

Meanwhile, Limbauan maintained that having a safe and crime-free tourist destination will encourage more tourists to visit Samar.

“(And) in turn, will provide economic advantage to the locales or village folks since the Province promotes a community-based eco-tourism industry,” the police officer said.
Samar, one of the poorest provinces in the county, has lunched the Spark Samar Development Agenda to highlight its tourism and agriculture potentials.

On October 19, 2022, the Samar provincial government formally unveiled its P80-million San Juanico Bridge Aesthetic Light and Sound Show Project to invite more tourists to the province.

In July 2022, it also announced the proposed P1.2 billion Spark Samar Sports City complex to transform the province into a world-class sports destination. (RONALD O. REYES)