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 is already a measure 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.
The official 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 the soonest time once signed.
“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 [We will work out the IRR.
We assure you that we would implement this at the soonest possibeltime in public and private schools,” he said.
Under the measure, public and private elementary and secondary schools would be mandated to craft regulations protecting students from being bullied by schoolmates.
The DepEd, according to Mateo, will impose administrative sanctions on school administrators who would not comply.
A recent study showed that almost 2.5 million Filipino children are victims of verbal and physical bullying.
Neil A. Alcober