PRO8 targets “zero
crime” rate as SY 2013-2014 starts
By RPCRD, Police Regional
June 3, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
After ensuring the peaceful midterm elections, the Police Regional
Office 8 (PRO8) has shifted its focus to the opening of classes as the
entire police force in Eastern Visayas was placed on heightened alert
status wherein an estimated 1.2 million students troops to various
public schools in the region as school year 2013-2014 formally starts
PRO8 director PCSupt. Elmer
Ragadio Soria informed that Police Assistance Desks (PADs) were
established in different schools regionwide as intensified Police
Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) is continuously conducted in different
schools, campus, and universities particularly in Tacloban City and
other urban cities where huge volume of students are expected to
“We plan to achieve a ‘zero
crime incidence’ as school officials and students returns to schools,”
said Soria, “Aside from securing them, we want also to prevent the
occurrence of any untoward incidents in nearby areas”.
Uniformed policemen will
conduct mobile and foot patrol along traffic routes leading to
different institutions of learning and within the immediate vicinity
of school premises, aside from assisting the traffic enforcement
groups to help smoothen the flow of traffic.
PRO8 has prepared security
plans to ensure that crimes usually committed during the opening of
classes will be minimized, if not totally eradicated, Soria assured.
Aside from ensuring peace
and order, police personnel manning the PADs would also coordinate
with school officials in handling and guiding the anticipated surge of
students and pupils and ensure the smooth resumption of classes.
Flyers on safety and crime
prevention tips have been distributed to parents and students during
the enrolment period the past two weeks, Soria said.
Notwithstanding the security
preparations, Soria advised the public, especially parents and
students, to remain vigilant and observe precautionary measures to
avoid being victims of petty crimes, like theft, pick pocketing and
Soria earlier ordered the
deployment of anti-illegal drug operatives near school premises to
ensure that the school environment would be free of pushers and users
who may influence students and introduce them to illegal drugs.
Further, the police official
called on the public to immediately seek the attention of the nearest
PAD or report to the nearest police station any suspicious looking
person, groups or actions in schools and their surroundings.