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Cops ready for school opening today

The Philippine National Police is ready for the opening of classes in public and private elementary and high schools nationwide today.

Police assistance centers have been set up in various public elementary and high schools across the country as part of the security measures for the opening of classes.

Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, spokesman of the Philippine National Police, said police commanders across the country have been instructed to coordinate with local government units and school authorities to maximize assistance to students and teachers.

“The instruction is to ensure the operational readiness of the police units in responding to peace and order concerns, especially threat from criminals who may take advantage of the class opening,” said Mayor.

“We will be setting up police assistance centers and aside from that, policemen will also be deployed to patrol areas near the schools,” said Mayor.

Mayor said they want to prevent street crimes such as thefts, snatching, swindling, pickpocketing, robbery-holdup, and street-level drug trafficking, incidents that usually go up during first few weeks after class opening. (Aaron B. Recuenco)