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PNP gears up for in-person classes

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is preparing security measures to ensure the safety of teachers and students for the resumption of face-to-face classes in public and private schools.

The implementation of security procedures came after Vice President and concurrently Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte mandated all schools in the country whether public or private, to resume full in-person classes.

In a statement on Wednesday, PNP officer-in-charge LtGen. Vicente Danao Jr. assured the public that they are ready to secure learners, teachers, and education stakeholders when classes resume on Aug. 22.

“There were already some schools that started the limited face-to-face classes. We will be using the same template in the execution of security procedures to maintain a peaceful and friendly environment in schools,” Danao Jr. said.

With the 100 percent implementation of the physical classes, the PNP expects more people will be going out, not only in schools, but also in other public places.

According to Danao, PNP is looking forward to coordinating with other agencies, especially DepEd to iron out the detailed plan of action in ordinary school days and emergency situations.

“These areas of convergence are critical to our monitoring against criminal acts. We are also aware that the health protocol must still be observed just like the wearing of face masks to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus and other infectious diseases,” Danao Jr. added.

Danao noted that more police personnel will be deployed in areas with higher COVID-19 cases and crime incidents.

Earlier, DepEd said enrollment period will be from July 25 to August 22. While Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela will be conducted on August 1-26 and August 15, respectively. (JAFD/PIA-IDPD)

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