11,000 cops to be deployed nationwide for August 29 school reopening
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) will dispatch approximately 11,000 policemen across the country for the reopening of the school year and the resumption of face-to-face classes on August 29.
PNP spokesperson Colonel Jean Fajardo on Monday said law enforcers will be deployed near school campuses.
The cops are also directed to man police assistance desks, which will be installed in public and private schools as soon as classes start.
“Sa ngayon po, initially, doon sa ine-establish po natin na mga police assistance desks ay nasa around 11,000 [ang i-de-deploy],” Fajardo said in a media briefing.
(Based on our established police assistance desks, around 11,000 will be deployed.)
Mobile teams and cops on beat patrols in areas leading to the schools will also be assigned.
Fajardo said PNP will sustain police presence in academic institutions for the whole school year.
She also said PNP field commanders have arranged with schools to hold night classes and extracurricular activities.
PNP will launch its ‘Balik Eskwela’ program for the school year 2023 to 2024 on August 14.
Last August 3, the Department of Education announced classes in public schools for 2023 to 2024 will officially start on August 29.
Private schools may choose any date to reopen classes between June 1 and August 31.