• Police to bust bullies, street criminals when school opens

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    The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to tackle bullying and street crimes at the opening of classes next week, a police official said Friday.

    PNP public information officer, Chief Supt Rueben Theodore Sindac, said they will be proactive against bullying, pickpocketing, swindling, robbery hold-ups and drug trafficking.

    Sindac said the PNP has set operational guidelines and procedures to be implemented by concerned police units for the opening of classes this June as the Department of Education (DepEd) activated its Oplan Balik-Eskwela 2014.

    The opening of classes for public schools is set on Monday (June 2, 2014) and private schools on Friday (June 6, 2014).

    The police official said the PNP will deploy 18,580 policemen on nearly 8,000 police assistance desks (PADs) in schools nationwide in coordination with local government units (LGUs), Parents Teachers Associations (PTA) and non-government organizations (NGOs).

    Sindac added that local police were instructed to coordinate closely with school administrators and officials of the DepEd and to increase police visibility at school premises to prevent students and pupils from being bullied by out of school youths.

    The PNP official said mobile and foot patrols will also be deployed on major routes leading to learning institutions and in the vicinity of schools.

    Likewise, security coverage will be provided by established PADs together with LGUs, PTAs and volunteer groups in all airports, seaports, transport terminals and other areas of convergence nationwide.

    Sindac added that students were also cautioned against talking with strangers, wearing jewelry, bringing large amounts of money, or using expensive phones while on the streets.

    An Inter-Agency Convergence Meeting headed by the DepEd was held on May 23 where commonly encountered problems at the start of the school year were addressed.

    Meanwhile, PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor said the police continues to gather intelligence information to determine if there are groups planning to undermine the opening of classes starting on Monday.

    Mayor said at present all their regional offices and police units nationwide are ready for the school opening.

    The police spokesman called on the public to report to the authorities any suspicious individuals or packages that they find, especially near school premises.

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