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Latest News Philippines: DepEd lauds signing of Anti-Bullying Law – Journal.com.ph:
THE Department of Education said it will strictly implement the Anti-Bullying Law after it was signed by President Benigno Aquino.
At the same time, DepEd lauded President Aquino for signing into law Republic Act 10627, saying the law will further enhance the existing child protection policy of the agency.
“The anti-bullying law is a big boost in our continuing push to develop our schools into a safe and caring learner-centered institution,” the DepEd said in a statement.
DepEd assistant secretary for planning Jesus Mateo said students should not be afraid anymore because there is already a law that would protect them from being bullied by other students while in school.
Earlier, an education lawyer urged lawmakers to revise the Anti-Bullying Act, stressing the law does not clearly define what constitutes bullying.
Joseph Noel Estrada said there should be a clear definition of bullying to differentiate it from other crimes.
“When a law provides a clear definition of what bullying is, schools can truly identify whether a simple pinching or tickling is simply what it is, or a behavioral pattern known as bullying,” Estrada said in an interview.
The law, he added, should not be focused on the acts of violence committed by a student on another student.
Bullying, he added, should not be limited to school violence but also include discrimination against students and LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders).
The law defines bullying as “an act or series of acts directed to a fellow student to unduly assert a degree of superiority and dominance; acts that tend to publicly humiliate, ridicule and embarrass a student.”
The Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 requires all elementary and secondary schools to “adopt policies to prevent and address the acts of bullying in their institutions.”
Under the measure, public and private elementary and secondary schools are compelled to address bullying and provide a safer environment for children. Schools that fail to impose such measures risk administrative sanctions from the education secretary. Arlene Rivera
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