OPLAN BALIK ESKWELA 2011: Celso tackles security, traffic measures with school execs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 June 2011 17:27

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon convened the police, military, barangay officials and representatives from the education sector including administrators of different colleges and universities in the city in a bid to discuss preparations for the opening of classes on Monday, June 6.

Mayor Lobregat explained that the meeting was aimed at ensuring a smooth and hassle-free opening of classes in both public and private schools in the city on Monday and throughout the school year.

The meeting tackled traffic, security and health and sanitation measures as well as conditions of school buildings/ dormitories in the city. It likewise tackled Memorandum Circular 2011-74 issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for all provincial governors, city mayors, municipal mayors, punong barangays, DILG regional directors and the regional governor of the ARMM concerning local government actions in support of the opening of classes.

On security matters, the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) headed by Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo assured a maximum deployment of uniformed policemen and plainclothesmen to the different schools, colleges and universities in the city.

Supt. De Ocampo said that police officers will be coordinating with concerned school officials on detailed security measures inside and outside of school campuses.
During the meeting, Mayor Lobregat also urged the police to tap the services of the so-called force multipliers like private security guards, barangay tanods and kagawads.

According to Lobregat, all stakeholders are enjoined to undertake proactive efforts in their respective jurisdiction.
For his part, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. said the city government’s traffic enforcers or the “blue boys” shall also be deployed on major streets to assist the police in manning the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffics.

The DILG circular  enjoins local government units to take in the lead in the conduct of local government-wise information drive to encourage enrollment, cause the inspection of all schools to ensure that facilities are set in time for the forthcoming school opening, monitor the prices of school supplies and take all necessary steps to address unnecessary increases in prices if any, install street lightings in areas where schools hold night classes and mobilize force multipliers to assist the elements of the PNP in ensuring peace and order and public safety. — Sheila Covarrubias