Lo­cal of­fi­cials urged to take part in Oplan Ba­lik Eskwela

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THE Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG) en­cour­aged lo­cal of­fi­cials to as­sist the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (Deped) in en­sur­ing peace and or­der un­der the Oplan Ba­lik Eskwela cam­paign.

“Lo­cal ex­ecs are ex­pected to work closely with Deped to en­sure that the school open­ing is as smooth and or­derly as pos­si­ble so that both stu­dents and teach­ers will be in­spired to em­bark on this new learn­ing jour­ney,” DILG Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Año said.

Año urged the lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials to de­ploy force mul­ti­pli­ers to aug­ment the ef­forts of the po­lice par­tic­u­larly near the school gates and along roads lead­ing to learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

The DILG Sec­re­tary also en­cour­aged lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives to con­vene their Peace and Or­der Coun­cils, Lo­cal Coun­cil for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren and Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Coun­cil (LDRRMC) in prepa­ra­tion for the open­ing of the classes.

“Da­pat mag­ing ma­pag­ban­tay ang ka­pulisan at mga barangay tanod para ban­tayan at pro­tek­ta­han ang mga is­tudyante la­ban sa mga krim­i­nal at mga ma­pagsaman­tala,” he said.

“Bukod sa kaala­man na kani­lang makukuha, pinakama­ha­laga pa din ang kalig­tasan ng mga mag-aaral kaya na­man ang pakikipag­tu­lun­gan ng POC, LCPC, at LDRRMC sa pan­gun­guna ng mga LCE ay lub­hang na­paka­ha­laga,” he added.

The Oplan Ba­lik Eskwela, which runs from May 27 - June 7, 2019, is the Deped’s an­nual ini­tia­tive to en­gage agen­cies, or­ga­ni­za­tions and other stake­hold­ers in prepa­ra­tion for the open­ing of the new school year.

It aims to ad­dress prob­lems, queries, and other con­cerns com­monly en­coun­tered by the pub­lic par­tic­u­larly the par­ents and stu­dents at the start of the school year and en­sure that learn­ers are prop­erly en­rolled and able to at­tend school on the first day of classes on June 3.

Año said lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives can also as­sist in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and quick re­sponse as well as in mobilizing barangays to clean road sig­nages lead­ing to schools and as­sist Deped in pre­par­ing school fa­cil­i­ties ahead of the school open­ing.

The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) ear­lier as­sured they were ready for the open­ing of classes and were de­ploy­ing 120,000 po­lice per­son­nel.

Po­lice will also es­tab­lish po­lice as­sis­tance desks and con­duct se­cu­rity pa­trols in schools and trans­porta­tion hubs.

PNP spokesper­son Colonel Bernard Banac said the PNP will also or­ga­nize non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions and civil­ian vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions to as­sist in pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity, traf­fic as­sis­tance, and other pub­lic safety ser­vices in co­or­di­na­tion with Deped and the LGU.

Co­or­di­na­tion with school author­i­ties and other agen­cies for the in­stal­la­tion of CCTVS in strate­gic lo­ca­tions is also a priority of the PNP./ Suns­tar Philip­pines

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