CLASSES in public elementary and high schools open Monday, June 3, with the Philippine National Police (PNP) ready to ensure the safety of students, teachers, parents and the general public.
In fact, PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered his field officers and men to address all kinds of threats and other school crimes, including bullying, throughout the country.
Doubtless, the presence of uniformed policemen near public schools and mobile and foot patrols along major routes and highways leading to these learning institutions is a refreshing sight.
And Albayalde said the police may conduct inspection of dormitories and schools upon invitation by local school authorities.
Other police efforts are geared at addressing bullying in schools and gather intelligence information to thwart threats posed by kidnapping and robbery-holdup gangs and other syndicates.
The PNP will continue to be aggressive and intelligence-driven against criminals, terrorists and other lawless elements as part of efforts to address threats and violence, according to Albayalde.
In the metropolis, the leadership of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is in close touch with school authorities.
Policemen manning Police Assistance Desks in the Metropolitan Manila (MM) area are under orders to immediately provide help to students and the general public during the opening of classes.
NCRPO chief M/Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said over 7,000 officers and men will be deployed in the metropolis to ensure the safety of students, teachers, parents and the general public.
We share the view of police, school and local government authorities that there is no room for complacency if we are to maintain peace and order within and around the vicinity of schools.