TO ensure the smooth opening of classes on June 3, the Department of Education (DepEd) officially reactivated “Oplan Balik Eskwela” last Monday.
The Education department, through OBE, activates emergency hotlines and help desks to respond to needs and queries pertaining to the resumption of classes on Monday for public elementary and highschool.
A Public Assistance Command Center (PACC) at the Bulwagan Ng Karunungan inside the DepEd complex opened on Monday to attend to and address problems and queries regarding the opening of this school year.
The PACC at the Central Office will be operational from May to June 7 and will accomodate walk-ins to help address their school opening-related concerns.
This year’s OBE Inter-Agency Task Force (ITF) is made up of the Department of Energy (DoE), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DoH), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation (DoTr), Manila Electric Company (Meralco), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Around 120,000 policemen will be deployed to ensure peace and order during the opening of classes on Monday, PNP officials said.
Police patrols will be deployed near schools to stop drug traffickers, muggers and violent street gangs that may “infiltrate the students.”
PAGASA will issue reminders on rainy day safety and announce possibility of a rainy school opening on June 3 since typhoons are usually expected during this period, especially in Luzon.