THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said it will strictly implement the proposed Anti-Bullying Act once it was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Jesus Mateo, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning, said students should not be afraid anymore because there was already a legislation that will protect them from being bullied by other students at school.
“We support it. We already have an anti-bullying in the existing DepEd Child Protection Policy (DO 40, s. 2012). We will further enhance the policy in accordance with the law,” Mateo told The Manila Times.
Mateo also noted that they are not yet through drafting the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Bullying Act, but clarified that it will be implemented at a soonest time once it was signed into law by President Aquino.
“Gagawin pa natin ang IRR. Pero tinitiyak po natin na ipapatupad po natin ito sa agarang panahon sa lahat ng mga pampubliko at pribadong paaralan,” he said.
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.
For his part, Alberto Muyot, DepEd Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs, said they will revise first the anti-bulling legislation once it was signed by the President before it is fully enforced.