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Cops ready for resumption of F2F classes in NCR
PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos yesterday said they are fully prepared to ensure the orderly and peaceful return of face-to-face classes in Metro Manila.
As the Department of Education (DepEd) gave the green light for the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in the metropolis on December 6, the top cop said they will focus their attention to 28 schools which will pioneer the resumption of classes under the new normal.
“The PNP will secure a final list of the participating school so I can order the chiefs of police in those areas to plan for their deployment to ensure security in these school premises,” Carlos said.
The PNP chief noted that the Pangasinan incident where some police personnel were photographed inside a classroom with long firearms during the first day of physical class will serve as a lesson to remind the PNP personnel of the DepEd order.
“Schools are zones of peace and we will acknowledge that. Much has been done to orient our personnel regarding this policy,” Carlos emphasized.
The National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. has called on students, teachers and other stakeholders to maintain their vigilance and ensure that they will strictly comply with minimum health safety protocols especially the mandatory wearing of face masks and observance of physical distancing.
By doing so, police will only provide limited presence outside the school compounds except on emergencies when police assistance is sought by school authorities, said Carlos.