• Student and youth groups, fraternities unite vs hazing

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    In a bid to address the seeming insufficiency of Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law in preventing hazing deaths, the National Youth Commission (NYC) led by its chairman, Gio Tingson, recently consulted fraternities and other student organizations spearheaded by the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) for possible amendments to the law.

    “Anti-hazing guidelines must be included in each school’s code of conduct and should reflect what is stipulated in the Anti-Hazing Law,” SCAP Chairman Iska Dalangin said on Wednesday.

    “Inter-fraternity councils could also be formed to enable fraternities to formulate their own policies against fraternity-related violence.,” Dalangin added.

    “The collective response to hazing should be bannered by student councils, fraternities and school administrations,” the SCAP leader said.

    The consultation was capped by a manifesto-signing of fraternity representatives and a symbolic closing ceremony to signify unified efforts of the student and youth groups and the fraternities against hazing.

    Guillo Cesar Servando, a sophomore at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was the latest to have died in a fraternity hazing organized by Tau Gamma Phi early this month in Makati City.

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