Leisure centers off limits to students – Eleazar

NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar reprimands students who were caught inside a computer shop during school hours. Photo courtesy of NCRPO

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday warned Internet shops and other leisure centers not to allow students to enter their premises during school hours after its chief, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, caught 12 senior high school students inside the computer shops and Internet cafe in West Rembo, Makati City.

Eleazar conducted a surprise inspection in the vicinity and reprimanded the 12 high school students, saying that they have violated Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 86 issued in 2010 prohibiting students in public and private elementary and secondary schools from going to computer shops, malls, theaters and the likes during their class hours.

“We have given this directive to all police community precinct and station commanders to inspect the vicinity of schools, especially billiard halls and computer shops to ensure that DO 86 series of 2010 is being complied with,” said Eleazar.

The NCRPO chief also warned owners of establishments to comply with the order or face automatic cancellation or revocation of business permits or licenses, adding that the owners of that kind of business should know that there is a regulation for it.

Eleazar stressed that they will work on this together with school officials as well as local government units and noted that the NCRPO will check local ordinances for other details, such as how far the recreation centers should be from school zones.

He also vowed that the NCRPO will continue to fight street crimes through mobile and foot patrols as well as police visibility in school areas and will be on the lookout for criminals and criminal gangs preying on students.