- The Department of Education warned violators of children’s rights; saying that they have no place in the department
- Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued the warning after a DepEd personnel from Cebu City was accused of taking advantage of a student-athlete
- DepEd said it enjoins parents, teachers, and communities in ensuring that all learners are always protected and their best interest are constantly upheld
The Department of Education (DepEd) warned violators of children’s rights; saying that they have no place in the department.
“Sexual predators and violators of children’s rights have no place in the Department of Education, much less in schools, learning environments, and events where children are supposed to feel safe and nurtured,” read the official release from the agency.
Education Secretary Briones issued the warning following reports on the arrest of a DepEd personnel from Cebu City. The education employee, who was a spectator at the 2018 Palarong Pambansa and not part of any regional delegation, was accused by a student-athlete of making sexual advances towards him.
The department said it immediately investigated the incident in aid of administrative cases that may be filed.
“DepEd shall exercise everything in its power to ensure that the appalling action of the erring personnel and similar violators shall be meted with justice,” it stated.
Briones, on the other hand, maintained, “Behaviors that endanger the physical and mental well-being of our learners are not tolerated in the Department.”
The agency further noted that teachers, school administrators, and non-teaching personnel are the foremost protectors of learners from all forms of a***e, neglect, exploitation, violence, and discrimination.
“They are expected to perform functions and conduct themselves, in and outside the classroom, with this responsibility in mind,” it said.
The DepEd — in pursuant to its commitment in implementing DepEd Order No. 40, series 2012 (DepEd Child Protection Policy) and Republic Act No. 7620 (Special Protection of Children Against A***e, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act) — assured that it enjoins parents, teachers, and communities in ensuring that all learners are always protected and their best interest are constantly upheld.