PNP ready for school opening

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ALL units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are ready for the opening of classes on Monday, June 2, in public schools nationwide.

PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said Tuesday PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima has ordered the implementation of “Balik Eskwela 2014” to ensure the safety of the students.

Sindac said that starting June 2, the PNP will install police assistance desks in several schools and universities so that it would be easier for them to respond “to any kind of incident that may occur.”

“Sa ganitong mga panahon ‘yung mga masasamang loob ay mga students talaga ang target lalo na ‘yung sa mga private schools nag-aaral, ‘yung may mga allowance at pati na rin ‘yung mga freshmen students na lumuwas sa maynila para magaral,” he said.

Local police officers were also directed to communicate with traffic enforcers and make plans to avoid traffic jams.

Meanwhile, the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) has been coordinating with various schools and universities amid reports that drug syndicates are already using students as drug couriers. Read the relatedstory here.

Around 21 million students are expected to return to or enter public schools this year with 1,796,566 in kindergarten; 13,324,349 in elementary; and 5,805,047 in high schools, data from the Department of Education (DepEd) showed.

Some three million students will study in private schools. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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