CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — PCSupt. Ramon V. Gatan, PRO1 Regional Director, commended the Region 1 police for their concerted effort in making the opening of classes in all public schools on June 1 generally peaceful.
Gatan said the positive assessment of the Balik-Eskwela in the region is a result of the vigorous conduct of round-the-clock police visibility operations in schools, business districts and other points of convergence.
“Our intensified police visibility within school premises was evidently successful in driving out would-be criminals,” Gatan stressed.
Prior to the opening of classes in public schools on Monday, PCSupt. Gatan ordered the deployment of Bomb Squads and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams of the Police Provincial Offices at the school/university zones to ensure the security of the school buildings before the students enter the classrooms.
The Region 1 police distributed anti-crime leaflets and likewise helped disseminate health advisories in the different schools to prevent contamination of the AH1N1 virus.
“We would boost police presence in public areas and double our alertness in securing main thoroughfares and commercial establishments, and private schools will also be added in our priority areas as they formally open their classes on June 8 and June 15,” Gatan added.
The Region 1 police had earlier intensified the conduct of checkpoints in provincial boundaries and entry and exit points as part of its enhanced anti-crime campaign.