50,000 students troop back to schools in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY -– The Department of Education–Baguio City Schools Superintendent Francis Cesar Bringas on Tuesday, June 14, said almost 50,000 students trooped back to the different public elementary and high schools on Monday, June 13.

Bringas said the number was based on the City Schools Division’s yearly enrollment projection and 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, Bringas added.

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.

Bringas said Public School District Supervisors and Education Program Supervisors of the City Schools Division go from one school to another to observe and monitor the conditions of schools and students especially under the piloting Senior High School Program.

This will enable the agency to determine the immediate problems that may be encountered and act on them outright, Bringas said.

Schools offering the Senior High School Program have set in place contingency measures to address any concern, Bringas added.

The opening of classes was supported by the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) in compliance with the standing order from re-elected Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan to ensure that the opening of classes will be smooth.

In a separate interview, P/Sr Supt George Daskeo confirmed that the BCPO again launched its back-to-school plan to contain the road crisis and peace and order problems usually encountered during the day.

The plan included traffic and anti-crime measures which focus on increased police visibility in critical areas to prevent petty crimes that normally increase during school days.

Mobile and beat patrols shall be conducted in major thoroughfares, school premises, place of convergence and crime prone areas.

The police authorities will also distribute leaflets on crime prevention and anti-bullying tips and will enforce the curfew for minors, checkpoint operations, liquor ban and the “Oplan Sita”, Daskeo said. PNA/northboundasia.com