Valesco suggests schools to have own security plan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 October 2013 10:33

Councilor Gerky Valesco suggested on Monday that while each school has their own security plan, it is best to strengthen it further with the deep involvement of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) and the immediate stakeholders like barangay and police officials.

Valesco said per his visitation to some strategic schools in Zamboanga City, each of the school has their own security plan which is more focused on physical and regular situationers, but less direct against text scare.

Valesco said he appreciates the coordinative schemes between the principals and teachers but suggested for deeper management in handling text scare.

“Warnings, threats and cautionary messages that are being sent thru mobile text are not to be discounted but have to be evaluated and assess properly with the help of the PTA and with the authorities like police and the barangay officials so as to prevent the spread of text scare,” Valesco said.

Valesco, chairman of the Council’s committee on education,  said messages that bear security scrutiny should be a concern thru responsible conduct and actions. “Whoever will receive such text messages should not forward it just to anybody but instead consult the school principals, the police or the barangay officials in their respective areas,” he said.

He revealed that per security meeting over the weekend, school principals and administrators have already the contact numbers of the Crisis Management Center, as well that of the police and military.

“While normalcy is being experienced now, we should always be observant and attentive to our surroundings, and any disruption of usual settings should be reported immediately, not just to anybody but to the concerned authorities because all the more that the education of our children will be affected,” said the councilor.

Valesco reiterates the appeal of Mayor Beng Climaco for the various stakeholders to support the education sector as this will eventually benefit the school children. — Rham Arcillas