Anti-Bullying Newsletter

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Breaking News: Philippine Congress Passes Anti-Bullying Bill The House of Congress recently passed into law the bill pushing for schools to enforce anti-bullying policies.  Otherwise known as House Bill 5496 or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2012, this bill aims to provide parents with important information about bullying, how it happens, how it can be addressed and how it can be prevented from happening in both the grade school and high school settings. The said bill was endorsed by Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero III, chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture. Explains Caloocan Rep. Mary Mitzi Cajayon, one of the bill’s authors, “The anti-bullying policies should be included in the school’s student and employee handbook provided to students and parent-guardians. Details of the anti-bullying policies should be conspicuously posted in school websites and school walls.” Schools are required to submit their anti-bullying policies to the Department of Education (DepEd) within six months after the bill’s passing. New schools can only start operating after they include anti-bullying measures to their policies as an administrative requirement. Further, concerned individuals are encouraged to report any bullying incidents within school premises to the respective division superintendents, who will be responsible for reporting these to DepEd.  Bullying is described as “any severe or repeated use of written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination of these by one or more students directed at another student that has the effect of actually causing or placing the latter in a reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or damage to the property, creating a hostile environment at school and Infringing on the rights of the other students at school.” (http://mb.com.ph/node/348417/antibullying-act-2012#.USisWR2rTMk) WHAT IS THE IMPLICATION OF THE EVENT IN OUR COUNTRY?

Congress approves anti-bullying bill (Yahoo News)
A bill that seeks to require education institutions to create an anti-bullying policy was recently approved by the House of Representatives. House Bill 5496, co-authored by Representative Christopher Co (AKO BICOL party-list) and called the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2012”, requires elementary and secondary schools to set guidelines on bullying. A handbook on bullying prevention and measures will be distributed to students, teachers, parents and guardians. The Anti-Bullying Law would also require all new schools to include policies prior to operation. In addition, all incidences related to bullying must be reported to the division superintendents. In turn, the reports will be sent to and compiled by the Department of Education (DepEd). The agency will then file its reports on bullying incidents to the House of Representatives’ congressional committees involved in education. DepEd must also impose sanctions on schools that do not comply to the Anti-Bullying measures. A similar measure on bullying was also filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV last year. Bullying can be summed up as causing physical and emotional abuse against another person. Most incidents of bullying in the Philippines go unreported primarily because of the shame that victims go through. Children who do not recover from bullying may become socially withdrawn as they grow up. Apart from physical bullying, some children also experience “cyberbullying” through their mobile phones or the Internet. DepEd said last year it will be coming up with more comprehensive measures on child protection, which includes measures against bullying. Education Secretary Armin Luistro cited Republic Act 7610 that identifies the types of abuse that children may suffer. This law encompasses bullying. (http://ph.news.yahoo.com/congress-approves-anti-bullying-bill-074217441.html)

Anti-Bullying Act of 2012 (Manila Bulletin)
After an Anti-bullying movement in the 2000s and 2010s gained popularity in the United States and...
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