ARMM cops issue safety tips for Balik-Eskwela activities PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:37

Police authorities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Saturday issued “Balik Eskwela Tips” to help ensure back to school activities in all public schools in the region will be peaceful, smooth and an ideal time to return to studies for students.

Chief Supt. Noel delos Reyes, ARMM police regional director, said final preparations are underway to assume law enforcement and public safety duties of all police personnel in the region’s five provinces.

ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi.

The PNP is a component of Inter-Agency Task Force of “Oplan Balik-Eskwela” of the Deparment of Education.

It is among the eight government agencies tapped by DepEd to form part of OBE. Others are DTI, DND, DILG, DPWH, DOH, PNP, PAGASA and MMDA.

According to Delos Reyes, the PNP ARMM will assume the lead role in the public safety and law enforcement aspect of operations of DepEd’s Oplan Balik Eskwela.

ARMM Police provincial directors have been instructed to take proactive action to implement their respective security and public safety plans to ensure the safety of students.

At least three million students from different levels are expected to troop to school on the first week of June.

Town and provincial police units were already instructed to mobilize foot patrol personnel for police visibility operations in school premises to prevent out-of-school youth and street gangsters from bullying students.

Police provincial directors and town police chiefs have the discretion to raise alert conditions as they deem necessary to effectively implement their security and public safety plans.

The Brigada Eskwela activities had been successfully implemented in the region as preparations for the school opening reach the homestretch.

To guide pupils and students for a smooth back to school activities, the PNP-ARMM Saturday issued “Back to School Safety Tips.”

The tips include discouraging pupils and students to display jewelry and carry huge amount of money in coming to school as they are “invitations” to robbers and other lawless elements.

They were also told to avoid walking in dimly lit areas when coming home at night.

Pupils were also reminded to avoid less populated passageways and pathways as these are favorite areas for lawless elements.

The tip also included reminders to students to avoid strangers and never to talk to them. Students are also discouraged to entertain good things or gestures from complete strangers.

When driving, make sure all car doors are locked.

Parents were advised to coordinate with school teachers or authorities like security guards to ensure safety of their children.