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DILG taps barangay tanods for school opening

Tacloban City (June 1) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government has called on the local executives to deploy barangay tanods to assist authorities in securing the students during the opening of classes on June 15.

This was provided in the directive issued by Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno to all provincial governors, and city and municipal mayors, urging them to extend full support to the Department of Education's Oplan Balik Eskwela campaign.

These village watchmen will assist the Philippine National Police to ensure the safety of over 23 million students expected to troop to thousands of schools across the country.

"Our barangay peacekeeping officers should work hand in hand with the local PNP and should be stationed in strategic areas to ascertain the safety and security of our students," Secretary Puno said.

Aside from the village watchmen, Puno said local executives across the country should also tap the help of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) to ensure children's rights to quality education.

Secretary Puno said that local chief executives, as chairpersons of the Local School Boards (LSB), Local Price Monitoring Councils (LPMC), and the Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC), should already meet to formulate and implement necessary measures in preparation for the opening of classes.

This early, local execs should have already discussed with their local school boards and other local committees on the consolidated plan of action that they will undertake so that there will be no glitches during school opening, Secretary Puno added. (PIA 8) [top]

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