A total of 348 personnel under the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) have been deployed in various schools and roads in the metropolis during the opening of classes for public elementary and secondary schools June 3.
PSTMO head Jeck Conlu said the personnel are from the PSTMO’s Traffic Division, Special Services Division, Auxiliary, and Public Safety Unit.
“We have deployed our personnel as early as 6:30 in the morning in schools and those considered busy areas,” Conlu said.
These included Iloilo National High School in La Paz district, Iloilo Central Elementary School, Iloilo City National High School, and along the areas of Baluarte in Molo district and Tanza, City Proper.
Conlu noted some schools are less busy than the others.
Influx of vehicles will be expected next week since private schools are set to open their classes on June 10.
Compared to last year, Conlu said they have not encountered major problems this time.
“Among the factors which I believe why this year’s opening of classes was peaceful are our efforts in relocating those wrecked vehicles that are obstructing the roads near schools. And that we have met with school officials to properly identify the entrance and exit of their schools to avoid confusion among drivers,” Conlu said.
“Operations in jeepney terminals were also peaceful although there were some passengers who have to wait for jeepneys, but drivers have managed to address this,” Conlu added.
PSTMO personnel have stayed in their respective deployments until 9:30 in the evening to ensure that students and residents are safe even after class hours.
Conlu advised drivers, students and commuters to strictly observe road safety.
“All I want to ask from you is your cooperation. Follow road ordinances and laws to avoid problems. And if you have any problem with our personnel, do not hesitate to report it to our office so that we can address it immediately,” Conlu said. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)