Regional police joins schools cleanup drive

SAN FERNANDO CITY – Personnel of the police regional office here laid down their guns on May 24 and  armed themselves with brooms, rakes, brushes and other tools as they helped in the weeklong schools’ cleanup drive of the Department of Education.

“Our police personnel temporarily laid down their firearms, picked up various tools, and helped the parents, teachers, students and other volunteers in cleaning and preparing the public schools for the opening of classes on June 15,” Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Constante D. Azares, Jr. said.

Azares said the participation of the personnel under his helm in the National Schools Maintenance Week, dubbed as Brigada Eskwela, is part of the community affairs activities of the police particularly in helping improve the education environment in the region.

The Department of Education started Brigada Eskwela in 2003 which proved to be a huge success.  Since then, it became a yearly activity held two weeks before the official opening of classes in the public schools.

Meanwhile, the PRO1 has started implementing its security plan, “Balik Paaralan”, to ensure that the opening of classes would be peaceful and orderly.

“We will place the whole command in high alert level and increase police visibility along the main thoroughfares and in school premises to ensure the safety of students from criminal elements,” the regional director said.

Azares said that police assistance desks would be put up near the schools, mobile and foot patrols teams would be beefed up and additional traffic enforcers would be deployed in main thoroughfares and places of convergence.

“As in previous years, we will be tapping the assistance of force multipliers, such as the barangay tanods, NGOs and other volunteer organizations to make certain the success of this public safety endeavor,” Azares said.#