City ready for opening of classes

BAGUIO CITY – All is set for the opening of classes tomorrow (Monday, June 13).

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he expects all concerned offices to comply with his standing order to ensure that the opening of classes will run smoothly and peacefully.

The city schools division under outgoing concurrent superintendent Francis Cesar Bringas said close to 50,000 are expected to troop back to the various public elementary and high schools.

The figure, which is based on the city schools division’s yearly enrollment projection according to administrative officer V Roberto Gonzales does not include students in private elementary and high school institutions, most of which have now been following the July or August school opening schedule along with most colleges and universities in the city.

The city has 45 public elementary schools and 21 public high schools. Out of the 21 public high schools, seven will offer the senior high school program while one stand-alone senior high school was also established in Irisan barangay.

Gonzales said public school district supervisors and education program supervisors of the city schools division will roam the different schools to observe and monitor the conditions of the schools and the students especially the piloting senior high school program.

“That way, we can determine the immediate problems that will be encountered and act on them outright,” he said.

He assured however that schools offering the senior high school program have set in place contingency measures to address any concern.

The Baguio City Police Office under Sr. Supt. George Daskeo will again mount its back-to-school plan dubbed “BCPO Implan Balik Eskwela” to contain the road crisis and peace and order problems usually encountered during the day.

The traffic and anti-crime measures focus on increased police visibility in critical areas through the deployment of police personnel, aides and volunteers along major thoroughfares, school premises, markets, bus terminals, malls and other critical spots to prevent petty crimes that normally increase during school days.

“Mobile and beat patrols shall be conducted in major throughfares in the city, school premises, place of convergence and crime prone areas.  Appropriate patrol system shall be undertaken on a 24-hour basis giving emphasis on the crime clock and crime hotspots,” according to the plan.

The police will also deploy traffic enforcers in hotspots and chokepoints to ensure the smooth flow of vehicles and pedestrian traffic.

Apart from this, the police will also engage in the distribution of crime prevention and anti-bullying tips and will enforce more vigorously the curfew for minors, checkpoint operations, liquor ban and the “Oplan Sita.” By Aileen P. Refuerzo


Refer to Julie G. Fianza