THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy 10,000 policemen around Metro Manila to secure Monday’s opening of classes, NCRPO chief Director Leonardo Espina said on Friday.
Besides policemen, it was learned that some 1,000 traffic enforcers will also be deployed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
Espina said he had ordered the five district commanders under him to mobilize their men and provide security to thousands of students who are trooping back to school.
He said they are aiming for zero crime in school zones, at least on the first day of classes.
He also ordered his men to be particularly wary of lawless elements such as snatchers and muggers who may exploit students.
Classes in public schools will start on June 3 while in private schools it will begin on June 10.
Espina said police personnel are directed to be visible in school vicinity as a deterrent to criminal elements that might want to take advantage of students.
He also said that police assistance desks will be set up in various areas to address unforeseen problems.
The desks will be manned by policemen and school representatives.
For his part, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the traffic constables will be deployed along critical areas leading to schools prone to traffic congestions.
He said they will be manning the traffic as early as 5:30 a.m. in anticipation of traffic congestion.
MMDA’s Metro Base shall monitor and track events on a 24-hour basis during the first and the succeeding school days.