By Arwen Pascua
PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. (SMNI photo courtesy)
MANILA — Everything went smoothly and in order insofar as peace and safety in so far as the opening of the school year 2022-23 in the country’s public and private schools are concerned, the Philippine National Police reported on Monday, (August 22).
“We have already set the operational guidelines to ensure peace and order and public safety during the opening of classes and the succeeding school days. Thus, my instruction was to intensify law enforcement activities in learning institutions, transport hubs, and places of convergence to suppress any form of criminality like theft and robbery where children and parents can be vulnerable victims,” PNP Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said.
A total of 23,653 police personnel were deployed in strategic locations around the country to help ensure the orderly opening of classes after over two years of nationwide suspension due to the COVID-19 public health threat.
With the implementation of more face-to-face classes, some 7,509 PNP COVID-19 patrollers have been activated to monitor public areas and make sure that minimum public health standard is strictly observed in light of the ongoing pandemic.
“We have directed police stations to conduct mobile and foot patrols along major routes and highways leading to all learning institutions and within the immediate vicinity of school premises to monitor and evaluate the daily activities,” Azurin said.
Azurin has reminded police officers that they were only limited outside school premises following the mandate from the Department of Education, but in case of emergency, our personnel can assist inside the school in the pursuit to attain peace and order.
All our efforts are grounded on our main objective to achieve “MKK=K” (Malasakit, Kaayusan, Kapayaan tungo sa Kaunlaran) at KASIMBAYANAN.
Azurin said: “When we assert our active role in the community, the general public will be motivated to do their share.” (ai/mtvn)