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Police to deploy security in school areas with opening of classes

Cebu City (2 June) -- Strengthening police visibility by deploying policemen in school areas to thwart crimes and prevent gang wars and drugs are part of the security preparations of the police as classes are due to start soon.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director S/Supt. Patrocinio Commendador disclosed they just concluded a conference in its ?Balik Eskwela 2010? Program where it was agreed that policemen will be detailed in school areas to protect students from snatchers and hold-ups.

Commendador said in time for the school opening in June, incidence of snatching, hold-ups and robbery tend to rise because of the increasing volume of students that come back from the provinces to the city for classes.

"It has always been the case that when school starts, snatching and hold-up incidents also increase and this continues until August and goes down September to October during semestral break when students go home to their respective provinces," Commendador bared.

The city director said this also holds true in other areas outside Cebu City where there are a number of schools, educational institutions and universities.

Commendador said police will continue to ply crime-prone areas and intensify its checkpoint operations.

Police will also be monitoring on liquor use by minors and the establishments that sell hard drinks to minors, according to Commendaor.

Next week, the CCPO and the DepEd Cebu City will meet as the former plans to adopt the less fortunate students by providing them with the necessary school supplies.

Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) Director S/Supt. Noel Gillamac said he will be coordinating with school principals and the different presidents of the parents-teachers associations (PTA) of various schools on how the police can help prevent fraternities and drug-pushing as "we need inputs from them."

Lapulapu City Police Office (LLCPO) S/Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr. disclosed that on Monday, they will help repainting and beautifying schools together with the Dep-Ed Lapulapu City, Philippine Air Force, Bureau of Fire and Protection, students and the PTA.

Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Deputy Provincial Director for Administration P/Supt. Eduardo Saavedra said they will also strengthen police visibility in school areas and intensify checkpoint operations as part of their ?Balik Eskwela 2010? program.

Police Regional Office (PRO-7) Deputy Regional Director for Operations S/Supt. Vicente Loot said all police chiefs in the region have been told to prepare their respective security plans for the school opening. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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