A STRICTER and more consistent implementation of the “no ID, no entry” policy will start this academic year.

Security Chief Joseph Badinas vowed to resolve “inconsistency issues” on campus security raised by Thomasians, admitting that there were few lapses last academ ic year.

Badinas said outsiders without official business would not be allowed inside the campus. He admitted it was a hard task monitoring people in public buildings like the UST Hospital, Santisimo Rosario chapel, and the UST carpark.

Joselito Pelagio, University head guard, said that if “inconsistency” of implementation by security officers would be proven, there would be corresponding disciplinary action.

Last year, the University administration and institutions around the campus formed the Sampaloc-UST Neighborhood Watch, a citizens’ watchdog group to monitor the security situation in the Sampaloc area. It is headed by review center owner Carl Balita and Fr. Roberto Pinto, the director of the Facilities Management Office.

Badinas said, the crime rate was usually at its peak during the start of classes with criminals taking advantage of the large number of students.

Thirty-six guards are deployed during the three-shifting period everyday.

Badinas said that during important University events, such as bar examinations and Paskuhan, the Security Office would be in close coordination with the Philippine National Police.

Since his appointment in 2009, he was able to make several adjustments to respond to crisis and emergency situations like fire, earthquake, and flood.

The security chief urged students to report crimes to his office even if these happened outside the campus. Jerome P. Villanueva

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