Oplan-Balik Eskwela 2016

Written by PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA, Chief RPIO9 on . Posted in News Release

This pertains to the re-opening of classes for students in both public and private institutions which will start on June 13, 2016. As expected, millions of students will troop to schools which may be taken advantage by lawless elements to carry out their nefarious activities such as snatching, swindling, robbery and street level drug trafficking as well as bullying and harassment. Likewise, militant groups may continue conducting their mass protests against the implementation of K to 12 program.

The PNP, in close coordination with DepEd and other national and local government agencies, is all geared up in ensuring a secured and peaceful opening of classes on June 13, 2016. The PNP, as its preliminary PCR activities, has started joining the DepED's "Brigada Eskwela" program in preparing the public school classrooms for the opening of classes.

During the opening of classes, the PNP will establish Police Assistance Desk (PADs) in all school campuses or clustered schools nationwide. PADs will also be established at airports, seaports, transports terminals, malls, business center and other areas of convergence to provide public safety and security coverage.

Police personnel will also be deployed to conduct mobile and foot patrols along major routes leading to all learning institutions and within the immediate vicinity of the schools. The PNP, in coordination with school officials, will also conduct police visibility operations at school premises to prevent cases of bullying all throughout the school year.

Likewise, the PNP, in coordination with LGUs and other concerned government agencies shall ensure the strict implementation on the prohibition of overloading of public utility vehicles during the whole school year to ensure the safety of the students. Nevertheless, the PNP assures the Public that its basic police duties and responsibilities in the maintenance of peace and order and other public safety services will not be compromised.

While the PNP upholds the basic rights on freedom of speech and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, the PNP encourages demonstrators to perform their acts peacefully and within the bounds of law as it is also our duty to protect the rights of other people which may be violated by their actions.

With the possible mass protests, CDM Contingents were given instructions to exercise maximum tolerance but are ready to calibrated response should risks to life and limbs for both demonstrators and police personnel are imminent.

The PNP cautions the students to be wary of strangers and to refrain from talking to them, to avoid bringing large amount of money or from using expensive phones and text while in the streets. The PNP encourages the public especially the students to report any incidents of bullying or other street crimes to policemen assigned at PADs or through social media Ttwitter - @PNP HOTLINE / @PNPPIO or Facebook Page - Philippine National Police  or through the following Dial 117 or text 2920, and I-Report Mo Kay TSIP 09178475757.