Initial opening of classes peaceful, say police authorities

June 7, 2010 7:06 pm 

MANILA, June 7 –The initial opening of classes on Monday was described as generally peaceful in Metro Manila but police authorities expect a tough job when majority of the universities and colleges open on June 15.

This was bared by Director Roberto Rosales, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), during his meeting with NCRPO officials and school officials at the National University in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday morning.

The meeting at the NU in Manila aims to finalize security measures to ensure the smooth opening of classes next week.

The initial opening of classes on Monday was generally peaceful but police authorities continue to prepare for the next week opening of classes of majority of schools in the country.

There are already schools in Metro Manila that opened on Monday but majority of the universities, colleges, high schools, elementary and pre-schools would open on Monday.

Rosales led NCRPO officials in meeting with the members of the Philippine Association of Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the Management Association of Security and School Officials (MASSO) at the National University in Sampaloc, Manila.

Chief Superintendent Rodolfo Magtibay, MPD director, said the meeting ironed out preparations for the school opening under “Oplan Balik Paaralan” and finalized coordination details between the police and school officials.

Magtibay also said they discussed in the conference the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras within the school vicinities which was proposed earlier by the MPD director.

The official said the cameras could discourage criminals from victimizing students in their campuses.

Earlier, Magtibay has deployed at least 1, 000 policemen in Manila to protect the students and members of the school staff against unscrupulous lawless individuals.

Aside from criminalities, the MPD said they will also monitor members of fraternities and gangs who may try to recruit and even force students to join their group.

“We will also conduct anti-illegal drugs operations in the campuses,” said Magtibay. (PNA) LOR/JES

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