ALL public schools in Baguio should be fenced to avoid intrusion and accidents for students, called Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda to school administrators.

Tabanda said she asked the school heads to identify the construction of perimeter fences in their schools as a priority project to be undertaken by the City Government.

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The proposal is for both public elementary and high schools.

In pressing for the construction of perimeter fences, Tabanda reasoned, the school must take into account the safety, protection and security of its students.

She said the school must ensure its premises are guarded against any and all kinds of "unwholesome" elements.

Tabanda said fencing also helps schools identify and maintain their boundaries.

Later, if schools decide to expand, the exact bounds of a school property could likewise be protected from intrusion by claimants or nearby residents, she said.

Earlier, a proposal was also submitted at the City Council calling for not only the construction of perimeter fences but also of guard rails, which will protect students of schools that are located in areas where the volume of vehicles is high.

As a protection for students and other pedestrians, an overpass in now under construction at the eastern side of the City Hall.

The overpass will replace the pedestrian crossing at the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).

The overpass connects the City Hall and BCPO main office. (Rimaliza Opiña)