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DepEd to install security guards in public schools

DepEd to install security guards in public schools

The Department of Education wants at least one security guard for every public school.

This if after the recent reports about rapes and robberies in two campuses in Camarines Sur province.

DepEd said it is drafting a joint memorandum circular with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Budget and Management, to allow the local governments to use their Special Education Fund (SEF) to hire at least one security guard per school.

DepEd strongly condemn the abuse committed against four elementary school teachers in the municipality of Ocampo, Camarines Sur.

“We denounce any acts of violence and injustice towards our teachers, who have been showing their dedication and effort to deliver equitable, resilient, inclusive and quality education to our learners,” the department said—adding that it has instructed the field office concerned to coordinate with the authorities in their investigation and provide the necessary aid to the victims.

“We hope our local authorities in Camarines Sur will conduct a swift investigation and bring justice to the family of the victims. We likewise call on our partner agencies in preparation for the upcoming school opening, especially the Philippine National Police, to protect the welfare of our teachers, learners, and parents inside and outside the premises of our schools,” DepEd said.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) also condemned the incident.

“We demand that the culprits be swiftly arrested and meted with punishment so that justice may be served to our colleagues who have been attacked by armed perpetrators and were traumatized by the incident,” the group said.

ACT also said that the incident should serve as “a wake-up call for the government [which has] neglected our schools for so long that [it] cannot even employ security personnel to guard the safety of our teachers and learners.”