Bur­glars hit pub­lic schools in Bataraza, Rizal towns

Palawan News - - PEACE & ORDER - By Rachel Ganan­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The pro­vin­cial of­fice of the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) is warn­ing the pub­lic against buy­ing so­lar panel units and deep cy­cle bat­ter­ies that were bur­glar­ized from seven schools in Bataraza and Rizal towns. Grace Este­fano, DepEd Palawan in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, said late Tues­day that buy­ers should be­ware and should look for proofs of ori­gin and pur­chase from any seller to af­firm what are be­ing ped­dled are not stolen. “What was done was theft of gov­ern­ment prop­er­ties, any­one who will buy these stolen items can be sued in court for vi­o­la­tion of the anti-fenc­ing law by DepEd. Kung binili mo ‘yan, re­ported na ‘yan sa mga barangay ang ‘yan at sa PNP, mean­ing to say bu­mili ka ng nakaw. We ap­peal to the pub­lic to give us in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing any­one sell­ing these so­lar pan­els and deep cy­cle bat­ter­ies na gamit pang-eskwela kasi ‘yan ay nakaw,” she said. She ex­plained if sold, it will be easy to iden­tify the stolen items be­cause they have stick­ers and unique ir­re­mov­able se­rial num­bers in­di­cat­ing they are DepEd prop­er­ties. Este­fano also said ele­men­tary and sec­ondary school of­fi­cials in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in south­ern Palawan should be vig­i­lant about their own equip­ment to pre­vent un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als in their lo­cal­i­ties from steal­ing them. Based on their records the bur­glar­ized schools in Bataraza town are Buliluyan Na­tional School, Tag­maya Ele­men­tary School, Peace and Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity Na­tional High School, Sapa High School, Pur­ing Ele­men­tary School, and Narra-Narra Ele­men­tary School. In Rizal mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the same equip­ment were also stolen from Kin­i­na­man Ele­men­tary School, she said. Este­fano ap­pealed to the lo­cal me­dia to help spread the news to pre­vent in­no­cent in­di­vid­u­als from pur­chas­ing the stolen items and to re­port any­one who will be sus­pi­ciously sell­ing them. “Kailan­gan din namin ng tu­long ng me­dia para walang bibili ng ganoong so­lar panel at deep cy­cle bat­ter­ies. Kung bibil­hin nila itong mga nakaw na bagay, puwede silang ka­suhan ng gob­y­erno,” she stressed. She said the ma­te­ri­als that were looted were dis­trib­uted un­der the DepEd com­put­er­i­za­tion pro­gram for use in re­mote ele­men­tary and sec­ondary schools to power up com­puter desk­tops, lap­tops, and tablets. They only no­ticed it was al­ready a se­ries of bur­glary on Novem­ber 19 when more so­lar pan­els went miss­ing from the schools, she said. Este­fano added DepEd Palawan has al­ready is­sued a mem­o­ran­dum or­der to all con­cerned schools to sub­mit their re­ports im­me­di­ately for the in­ci­dent to be re­ported to their cen­tral of­fice. “Ipina­pakuha na namin ang la­hat ng de­tails ng pangya­yari sa mga schools na ito. Pati se­rial num­bers, la­hat-la­hat, pati com­plaint na ini-re­port sa pulis para mala­man namin kung ilan ang ek­sak­tong bi­lang ng units na ni­nakaw, at para rin mat­u­lun­gan ng pulisya na hindi na ito mang­yari ulit,” she said. She said the re­ports and all other data they need will be ac­com­plished with the help of Kevin Mar­quez, their in­for­ma­tion and tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist. On Mon­day, Mar­quez posted about the bur­glary in­ci­dents on his so­cial me­dia ac­count to help warn the pub­lic against pur­chas­ing the stolen so­lar panel units and deep cy­cle bat­ter­ies in Bataraza and Rizal towns, south­ern Palawan.

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