PRO-6 steps up deployment for re-opening of classes

By Jennifer P. Rendon

Security preparations are now in place for the resumption of in-person or face-to-face classes in schools starting next week.

The Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 on Wednesday said that deployment of personnel was already in place for such purpose.

Brigadier General Leo Francisco, Western Visayas police chief, said that all unit commanders were ordered to ensure the safe and orderly reopening of classes in the region.

“The public’s safety and security will be our main concern, as we navigate for the resumption of face-to-face classes,” he said.

Still, Francisco said that law enforcement operations will be intensified to prevent the occurrence of crime and to prevent lawless elements from launching their evil plans.

The region’s top cop said they will maximize the deployment of its personnel in identified strategic areas such as terminals, transportation hubs, vicinities of the schools, and main thoroughfares.

“There will be established police assistance desks, mobile, foot and detective patrollers in these areas,” Francisco said.

He also told policemen to establish close coordination with the school authorities and local government units (LGUs).

The PNP will also work with the LGU’s Traffic Enforcement Units to ensure the smooth movement and flow of vehicles.

On top of that, barangay officials, tanods, and other force multipliers will also be tapped to assist the police in the maintenance of peace and order and to ensure public safety in their respective barangays.

“They are our active partners and surely we can accomplish more as we collaborate our efforts with them,” Francisco said.

He also assured the public that the PNP is working proactively and is committed to doing its best to ensure that the opening of classes is orderly and peaceful.