Cops deployed to secure NCR face-to-face classes will stay outside schools

Published December 6, 2021, 4:11 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Gen. Dionardo Carlos, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), clarified on Monday, Dec. 6, that the policemen who were deployed to secure the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in 28 schools in Metro Manila would only be staying outside the school premises.

This, as he confirmed that the PNP, through the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), has already mobilized what he described as a sizable contingent that will provide police assistance and areas security in 28 schools where in-classroom classes started on Monday.

“Let me point out that these police security personnel are under strict orders to establish their presence outside the campus and to enter school premises only when requested by school authorities,” said Carlos.

The PNP appeared to have learned the lessons of the incident in Pangasinan last month where the PNP was widely criticized for deploying armed policemen inside the classrooms of a school which participated in face-to-face classes in the province.

Netizens pointed out that armed policemen have no business inside the classrooms as this would only cause fear among the elementary pupils.

Carlos has already apologized over the incident and ordered an investigation.