PNP to deploy 23,000 cops to secure nationwide school reopening

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23,000 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will be deployed across the Philippines as in-person classes resume on Monday, August 22 2022. (PHOTO: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez and Jam Sta Rosa/AFP)

Some 23,000 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will be deployed in the vicinity of schools and assistance desks, as in-person classes resume in schools nationwide from Monday (August 22).

Additional crowds are also expected in transport hubs and terminals as some schools implement a full face-to-face set-up, reported Inquirer.

"We’ll be deploying more or less 23,000-plus PNP personnel na ipapakalat natin yan nationwide particularly dyan sa mga premises ng eskwelahan at kasama na rin dyan yung mga pulis na ilalagay natin sa ating mga established na police assistance desk," said Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Police Colonel Jean Fajardo during the Laging Handa briefing.

(We’ll be deploying more or less 23,000 plus PNP personnel nationwide, particularly in the premises of schools and established police assistance desks.)

Fajardo added that the PNP has been coordinating with school administrators and government agencies since July. "Para makasiguro tayo na mama-maintain at mao-observe pa rin ang ating minimum public health protocols ay maglalabas din tayo ng mga tauhan natin sa mga tinatawag nating PNP COVID-19 patrollers na siyang makikipag-ugnayan sa mga management ng mga establishment pati na rin eskwelahan to make sure na masusunod yung ating minimum public health standards and protocols."

(So that we can ensure that we maintain and observe minimum public health protocols, we will deploy personnel who will serve as PNP COVID-19 patrollers who will coordinate with the management of establishments and schools to make sure that minimum public health standards and protocols are followed.)

Classes for the school year 2022-2023 will resume on August 22, as ordered by the Department of Education (DepEd), a move teachers say that is a "recipe for disaster". Amid the transition, school can combine face-to-face classes and distance learning from August until October 31.

However, there must be a full transition to five days of in-person classes by November 2.

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