INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo urged mayors nationwide to conduct
inspection of schools in time for the resumption of classes on June 6.
More than 20 million students are expected to troop to 38,351 public elementary schools and
7,274 public secondary schools nationwide next month.
“As chairpersons of their local school boards, mayors should work hand in hand with the local
Department of Education (DepEd) and other members of the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) Inter-
Agency Task Force to make the necessary preparations for a smooth, orderly and peaceful first
day of classes for our students a few days from now,” Robredo said.
The DILG secretary also advised local chief executives to mobilize force multipliers to assist the
elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to maintain peace and order and public safety.
Similarly, he enjoined the mayors to take the lead in the conduct of a local government-wide
information drive to encourage parents to enroll their children this school year.
Robredo issued the directive in support of OBE, a project being spearheaded by the DepEd with
the support of other concerned agencies of the government to ensure the smooth opening of
classes next month. (PIA)