These safety tips will protect you, PNP tells students

THE Philippine National Police yesterday released anew basic safety reminders and tips that will protect the public, not only the students as regular classes have resumed this month 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 rest of the general public.

The PNP has launched a massive security plan aimed at arresting most wanted criminals and keeping the streets of Metro Manila particularly schools and universities safe 24/7 as the School Year 2019-2020 starts.

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. The massive security preparations also jive with the PNP’s Enhanced Managing Police Operations aimed at arresting drugs and criminality in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

“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.

Furthermore, 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 on the streets since they serve as a ‘magnet’ to criminals.

Banac emphasized that common sense, alertness and expertise are the best defense that any individual can have when confronted with immediate danger.

When it comes to parents, he said  they must 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 them 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 they are fetched by their school service.

Banac 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.

“Warn your children especially teenagers not to accept rides from strangers too. Caution teenagers about ‘blind dates’ or meeting anyone they do not know or may have only known thru the internet. Ensure that the children’s rooms are not easily accessible from outside the house,” said the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992 citing excerpts from the PNP primer on child safety.

The PNP advisory also cautions parents to never allow the children to open the door especially at night; to prevent younger members of the family from opening their personal mail; and to discourage young children from answering the telephone as they may unintentionally give out information which may be detrimental to the parents or the family.

The PNP is already on full alert to help protect the students, the teaching community and the public as regular classes in most government and private schools have resumed.

An estimated 25 million students in different levels have returned to  schools and universities this month with the PNP in pursuit of its strategic goal of “zero crime incidents.

In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said they are targeting ‘zero crime incidents’ in different public and private schools and other learning institutions and asked for the full cooperation of the community in helping them detect and arrest criminality.