Security tightened for school opening

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Monday, May 26, 2014


THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will deploy at least 1,000 police personnel in various public schools all over the city as authorities have intensified security measures in time for the opening of classes next week.

"There will be 1,000 police personnel to be deployed, initially, before classes start this June 2. Then we will deploy more men during the school opening. This is in line with the directive of the Philippine National Police, to reactivate the Oplan Balik Eskwela," DCPO DirectorVicente D. Danao Jr. said.

The Department of Education earlier announced the opening of classes throughout the country for school year 2014-2015 in public elementary and secondary school on June 2.

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Danao said security measures are now in place to ensure public safety and no untoward incident will happen during the school opening. He said they are also ready to respond to any emergency calls.

Danao also said their plan for Oplan Balik Eskwela includes deployment of more personnel in various schools, especially public schools, all entry/exit points in the city, malls, and other crowded areas.

Police also ensured the smooth flow of traffic with the support of the Traffic Management Center, Public Safety Command Center, Mobile Patrol Group, and the Technical Support Platoon, including civilian volunteers from different barangays.

Danao said DCPO will also set up a police assistance desk in each public school in the city to maintain peace and order.

Police officers who will be deployed in schools are also authorized to guide children and their parents in finding their respective classrooms.

"We will be deploying at least two police officers in every school and we will also establish a police assistance desk. We are also on heightened alert," Danao said.

Task Force Davao commander Colonel Casiano Monilla, for his part, said that in line with the Peace and Development Outreach Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, their troops will also be deployed in various areas in the city to prevent any untoward incidents.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) Public Information officer Captain Alberto Caber earlier said the soldiers under the Eastmincom, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, and 5th Civil Relations Group will undertake Brigada Eskwela at different schools in Davao City on a scheduled basis, as several schools and parents have requested for their assistance.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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