SAN FERNANDO CITY– Police Chief Superintendent Leopoldo N. Bataoil, regional director, has launched the “Pulis Ko, Textmate Ko” program on June 4, the opening of classes here.
“Pulis Ko, Textmate Ko”, a major program of Oplan Balik Paaralan, is aimed to ensure the safety of teachers, students and parents thru text messages sent directly to the mobile phone numbers of policemen assigned in every city, municipal police stations, the PRO1, and all the four police provincial offices in the Ilocos region.
“Pulis Ko, Textmate Ko” stickers, which contain emergency phone numbers, were also distributed and posted in school premises on this day. Pamphlets containing safety tips for students were also distributed as part of PRO1’s Oplan “Balik Paaralan.”
“This is a collaborative effort of the police and school authorities to maintain peace and order in our area of responsibility particularly in schools to spare students, teachers and parents from any harm,” Bataoil said.
The “Pulis ko Textmate ko” program is not only intended for crime prevention but also to enable the people to text their emergency concerns and give suggestions on the crime reporting system, Bataoil said.
Bataoil said that as early as 5:30 a.m. on opening of classes, policemen were deployed to coordinate with the school authorities to implement tight security measures in schools in the region.
He said bomb-sniffing dogs and personnel of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) from PRO1 were also deployed in various schools in La Union to provide security during the opening of classes.#