An education solon has called on the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to issue a very specific order detailing security measures and protocols, including intensive screening for concealed weapons of adults who enter any public school campus, following the murder-suicide incident in a Bulacan elementary school.
‘Noting that the assailant in this incident was a soldier, I, therefore, ask DND and AFP, as well as DILG and PNP to formulate and enter into a joint agreement with the DepEd a set of guidelines on the conduct of soldiers and police officers upon entering any school campus,” said Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. of Ang Edukasyon party list.
“In this Bocaue case, the soldier should have surrendered his firearm to the school security guard on duty or to the principal if there is no guard,” he added. Based on the reports, Belaro noted that the assailant had clear intent to kill his target and was in a state of intense rage.
The Assistant Minority Leader said security protocols must be revised considering the coming December holidays, the May 2019 elections, and the continuing prevalence of illegal drugs and related crimes in many localities. He also added that the child protection policies of the education agencies need updating and upgrading because of several incidents over the past months wherein teachers and students have been killed or raped on campus on near schools.
Belaro is the principal author of House Bill 4252 – an act requiring increased police visibility in schools currently pending before the House Committee on Public Order and Safety.