Solon calls for creation of crime prevention committee to address school violence

THE steady increase in the crime rate in campuses in the country has prompted a lawmaker to seek the creation of a crime prevention committee.

Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (Lone District, Aurora) filed House Bill 6479, which seeks the creation of a Student Crime Prevention Committee in every school all over the country.

“There is a need to provide a secure environment for students to enable them to better focus on their studies,” Angara said.

Angara said access to information with regard to campus crime statistics, as well as crime prevention plans in these schools, will equip parents in making informed choices as to which school to send their children to.

“At the same time, students currently enrolled in their respective universities need to know the measure undertaken by their institution, as well as courses of action in cases of emergency to guarantee security and expedient assistance, if need be,” said Angara.

Angara said the proposed crime prevention committee shall be in charge of formulating a crime prevention strategy.

This strategy, said Angara, shall include a statement on current campus policies on procedures and facilities for students and others on how to report criminal actions or emergencies happening inside the campus as well as policies concerning the institution’s response to such reports.

“A statement of current policies concerning security and access to campaign facilities and security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities, among others, is also a  component of the strategy ” Angara said.

Under the bill, the crime prevention committee has several functions and duties such as to formulate crime prevention programs which the Committee itself shall implement.

It is also tasked to coordinate with school heads in the maintenance of peace and order within school premises as well as to conduct an intensive information drive on the crime prevention committee including semestral distribution of copies and orientations therein.

The measure provides for the composition of the crime prevention committee which would include the vice president for community affairs or heads of office that deal with campus security and safety as the presiding officer; vice president for student affairs or those heads of office that deal with the welfare and discipline of students as alternate presiding officer.

University student council president/supreme student council president or chairperson; class presidents of the high level and college presidents; corps commander of the ROTC and CAT; head of campus police or security personnel; the president of the parent-teachers association or its equivalent and the secretary of the university council, which shall serve as the committee secretary, shall likewise be members of the crime prevention committee.

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