• Govt agencies partner for school opening

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    With 25 million students set to head to school on Monday, Malacañang sought the cooperation of all to make the opening of classes safe and orderly.

    Different government agencies have been working with the Department of Education (DepEd) to ensure a smooth and orderly school opening.

    The DepEd first launched the Brigada Eskwela last month and this was followed by Oplan Ligtas Eskwela.

    The Department of Public Works and Highways, which has been tasked to ensure that there are enough school buildings for students, also repaired dilapidated classrooms, while the Department of Trade and Industry also coordinated with DepEd to make sure that school supplies are enough and prices remain affordable.

    A report from the Philippine Information Agency about the ongoing preparations in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in coordination with the Department of Health, mirrors similar activities that are being done in different parts of the country to help students fight diseases.

    Authorities in CAR launched a 4S campaign to fight dengue fever. 4S means: Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; use Self-protection measures; Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days; and Say yes to fogging.

    Another aspect of Oplan Ligtas Eskwela is to make sure that everything is orderly during the school opening, with the Philippine National Police as the lead agency.

    Foot patrols and mobile patrols in the vicinity of schools, as well as police desks have been set in place to ensure maximum police visibility.

    The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, meanwhile, is working with the PNP and school officials for the conduct of anti-drug use seminar in different schools.

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