Police, No to guns… Yes to brooms

Ahhh… no to guns muna…

Personnel of Police Regional Office 1 armed with stick brooms, rakes, paint brushes and other cleaning tools “attacked” the different schools in the region as they joined the Department of Education’s weeklong cleanup drive dubbed as “Brigada Eskwela.”

Police Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares, Jr., Region 1 Police Director, said that participating in the National Schools Maintenance Week, popularly known by the term Brigada Eskwela, is part of the community affairs activities of the police, particularly in helping improve the education environment in the region.

“Our police personnel temporarily laid down their firearms, picked up various tools, and helped the parents, teachers, students and other volunteers in cleaning and preparing the public schools before the start of classes on June 15,” said General Azares.

The Department of Education started Brigada Eskwela in 2003 which proved to be a huge success.  It has since become a yearly activity being held two weeks before the official opening of classes in the public schools.

Meanwhile, PRO1 has started implementing its Security Plan “Balik Paaralan” aimed at ensuring that the school opening shall be peaceful and orderly.

“We will place the whole command in high alert level and we will increase police visibility along the main thoroughfares and in school premises to ensure that students will not be victimized by criminal elements,” the Regional Director declared.

“Balik Paaralan” also involves the establishment of Police Assistance Desks near the schools, as well as the beefing up of mobile/foot patrols teams and the deployment of additional traffic enforcers in main thoroughfares and places of convergence.

“Just like in previous years, we will be tapping the assistance of force multipliers, such as Barangay Tanods, NGOs and other volunteer organizations to make certain the success of this public safety endeavor,” General Azares said. PNPPRO1

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