- 31 cases of bullying are reported in school everyday
- A lawmaker urges schools to reinforce their child-protection committees
- CPCs are mandated by DepEd to ensure the prevention of child a***e in schools
Possibilities that your children might be experiencing bullying is relatively high as per a Department of Education (DepEd) report saying there are at least 31 cases of bullying reported daily in schools.
“A total of 6,363 cases of bullying in public as well as private elementary and high schools were recorded in 2014, up nearly 21 percent versus the 5,236 documented in 2013,” Cebu Representative Gerald Gullas Jr. cited the report on Sunday.
“Based on a cycle of 201 school days, this translates to at least 31 incidents of bullying every day.”
But the cases may not just end here.
Gullas also said underreporting might be high because of the stigma attached to the bullied ones.
“We presume that out of fear of possible retaliation, many victims are still reluctant to complain of bullying in school,” Gullas was quoted in an Interaksyon report published on September 27.
The solon, who is also a member of the House committee on basic education, reminded schools to “activate” their child-protection committees (CPCs).
“We are not sure if all schools have already activated their CPCs, which are supposed to deal with cases of bullying as well as child a***e (in school),” Gullas said; highlighting that the DepEd should also adequately train a greater number of school officials in child protection.
Created through Department Order No. 42 in May 2012, CPC is a six-member body composed of the principal, the guidance counselor, and one representative from the faculty, parents, the student council, and the barangay.
The committee is tasked to reinforce DepEd’s “Policy and Guidelines on Protecting Children in School from A***e, Violence, Exploitation, Discrimination, Bullying and Other Forms of A***e.”
The law defines bullying as any “severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture” that is “directed at another student that has the effect of actually causing or placing the latter in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or damage to his property.”
Under the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, schools must notify law enforcement officials when cases are believed to be of criminal offense under the Revised Penal Code. The schools are also mandated to enforce disciplinary actions and notify the parents and guardians of the students involved.