After midterm polls, PNP now gears for school opening in E. Visayas

May 16, 2013 9:50 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, May 16 — After achieving its target of ensuring peace and order in the recently concluded midterm polls, the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) is now preparaing for the opening of classes in June.

S/Supt. Roel B. Acidre, chief of the PRO8 police community relations (PCR) division said that the Philippine National Police has the lead role in ensuring public safety and other law enforcement aspect of the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Starting with the Brigada Eskwela slated May 27-31, he disclosed that all their units have been enjoined to participate in the cleanup and repair activity.

Brigada Eskwela is an annual activity focused on the preparation of the schools physical facilities as opening of classes draws near. It is also being supported by non-government organizations, parents, students, teachers, the business community and civic organizations.

A weeklong public assistance station (PAS) will also be established in schools starting June 1 to ensure the smooth opening of this year’s classes.

The OBE and PAS seek to address the problems commonly encountered during this period to ensure that pupils/students are properly enrolled and able to attend first day of school by the first day of classes, he said.

“We will take pro-active actions just to ensure the safety of our students. And we assure the public of the operational readiness of all police units in responding to peace and order concerns including threats from criminal elements that may take advantage of the situation,” he added.

PNP is one of the eight government agencies tapped by DepEd to be part of the OBE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) that will handle preparations for the opening of classes. (PNA)

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