THE Philippine National Police yesterday released anew basic safety reminders and tips that will protect the entire public, not only the students as regular classes have resumed in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said the safety reminders and tips will help prevent crime and accidents in schools and ensure the security and protection of students and the general public.
Gen. Albayalde said all PNP operational guidelines and procedures are now being implemented by concerned police units tasked to support the DepEd’s Oplan Balik-Eskwela 2019.
“Our priority concerns are incidents of bullying and street crimes such as pickpocket, snatching, swindling, robbery/hold-up, and street-level drug trafficking,” the country’s top cop said.
PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac stressed that parents must have constant communication with the teacher or security guard of the school, and to let their children know who will fetch them at the end of the class.
He also cautioned students from talking with strangers by keeping their distance or not talking to them at all and to avoid wearing jewelry, bringing large amount of money, or using expensive phones while in the streets since they serve as a ‘magnet’ to criminals.
Banac said alertness and expertise are the best defense that any individual can have when confronted with immediate danger.
He advised parents to instruct their children attending school to always travel in groups or pairs; use well-frequented streets; play in areas within the school grounds; refuse gifts from strangers; report such attempts or any molestation immediately to the nearest adult and to tell you about it as soon as possible; tell your children at all times where and whom they will be with when you are or they are away from home; instruct your child to stay on the school campus until when they are fetched by their school service.
Banac also said parents must also make their own arrangements with school authorities to first contact them before releasing the child to the custody of anybody they have not previously authorized to pick-up the student.