The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be deploying around 120,000 personnel for the upcoming opening of classes in June.
PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde said on Monday, May 20, that police assistance desks will be placed near schools, particularly in big universities, as part of their Ligtas Balik Eskwela 2019 program.
“In our security and operational thrusts, our guidelines for this year’s Ligtas Balik-Eskwela ensures the operational readiness of police units in responding to peace and order concerns including threats from criminal elements that may take advantage of the situation,” Albayalde explained in a press conference.
According to the PNP Chief, the police will be patrolling in the vicinity of schools and will be on the look-out for drug traffickers, muggers, and violent street gangs that may infiltrate the ranks of students.
Albayalde added that he instructed local PNP units to coordinate with officials of schools, the Department of Education (DEPED), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for safety and security measures in campuses.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has also been told to coordinate with local government units, the Department of Transportation, and the Metro Manila Development Authority for traffic management near schools, particularly in the University Belt area of Manila
Albayalde said that similar security measures will be implemented in seaports, airports, and land transport terminals due to the expected heavy volume of passengers, mostly students, returning from their summer vacation.
He further added that PNP Regional Directors have the authority to remain on full alert conditions if necessary for their respective security and public safety plans.
Meanwhile, Albayalde promised that PNP personnel will help in the cleaning of campuses as part of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela if requested by school administrators.
“Without that, hindi tayo pwedeng pumasok sa mga school,” Albayalde explained.