Wednesday, September 14, 2011
DepEd warns the public on all forms of violence against children in school
DepEd, July 13, 2011
The Department of Education will soon come out with a more comprehensive child protection policy to shield the child against abuse, exploitation and discrimination including bullying and other forms of violence against children in school.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said school personnel and the public in general must be reminded that corporal punishment and violence in any form is not allowed in public schools whether committed by adults or the children’s peers.
“We reiterate that school personnel who commit such acts are violating the provisions of Batas Pambansa 232 and that they can be held criminally liable including dismissal from the service,” added Luistro.
On the other hand, Republic Act 7610 listed down acts that constitute child abuse and are therefore considered a criminal offense. This includes psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment. Also included is any act by deeds or words which debase, degrade or demean the worth and dignity of a child; unreasonable deprivation of his basic needs for survival such as food and shelter; as well as failure to immediately give medical treatment to an injured child resulting to serious impairment of his growth, permanent incapacity or death.
In view of this, DepEd as early as 2006 issued DepEd Memo 297 Prohibiting Acts Constituting Violations of RA 7610 or the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act and the Family Code to set a limit on the substitute parental authority being exercised by some DepEd authorities.
The order specified that substitute parental authority can only be exercised within the school premises and it shall be exercised only to protect and promote the physical, mental and moral well-being of the students.
To further strengthen the campaign against child abuse in school, DepEd is developing a more comprehensive policy in consultation with teachers and other stakeholders.
“This is a serious matter that we cannot put off nor delay because it involves the over-all well being of our learners which when not addressed promptly may negatively affect them for life,” said Luistro.
The proposed policy will cover measures to prevent abuses against children in the school and the processes to be observed when abuses are committed. It will also include the procedures to follow and possible referral to other concerned agencies.
Meanwhile, DepEd expresses its supports to the anti-bullying bill of Senator Antonio Trillanes which seeks to institutionalize its teaching in schools and the creation of public awareness on its ill-effects on child development. This is consistent with the mandate of DepEd which puts premium on child safety in schools while providing an environment conducive to learning.
DepEd also believes that addressing the issue on bullying in school cannot be simply addressed by dismissing or suspending the offending child because it requires a more thorough approach that involves both the school and the parents to be able to get to the root of why a child resorts to bullying. Oftentimes, bullying is a manifestation of problems that stem at home.
Selected DepEd Orders and Memoranda
- Guidelines on the Recruitment, Selection and Placement of Personnel Pursuant to the DepEd Rationalization Program Under Executive Order 366 s. 2004- DO 50, s. 2014
- Amendments and Additional Provisions to DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2007 (Institutionalization of the Supreme Pupil Government in All Elementary Schools Nationwide)- DO 48, s. 2014
- Constitution and By-Laws of the Supreme Pupil Government and Supreme Student Government in Elementary and Secondary Schools- DO 47, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Implementation of the Alternative Learning System for Persons With Disability (ALS for PWD) Program- DO 46, s. 2014
- Protocols for Travel Authority Requests for Official Travel Abroad- DO 43, s. 2014
- Guidelines on Resolving School Year (SY) 2014-2015 Learner Information System (LIS) Data Issues- DO 42, s. 2014
- CLARIFICATION TO DEPED ORDER NO. 20, S. 2014 (Additional Information and Corrigendum to DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012)- DO 41, s. 2014
- Establishment, Merging, Conversion, and Naming and Renaming of Public Schools, and Separation of Public School Annexes in Basic Education- DO 40, s. 2014
- Implementation of the Flexi-Time Work Schedule for the Non-Academic Personnel of the Department of Education- DO 31, s. 2014
- Corrigendum to DepEd Order 53, s. 2013 on the Implementation of the DepEd Rationalization Plan- DO 27, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Utilization of the Human Resource Training and Development (HRTD) Funds for FY 2014- DO 25, s. 2014
- Additional Information and Corrigendum to DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012 (Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of Grades 1 to 10 of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) Effective School Year 2012-2013)- DO 20, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Abot-Alam Program- DO 17, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Utilization of Downloaded Funds for Adopt-A-School Program- DO 16, s. 2014
- Hiring Guidelines for Teacher I Positions Effective School Year (SY) 2014-2015- DO 14, s. 2014
- Implementing Guidelines on the Direct Release of Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) Allocations of Schools to the Respective Implementing Units- DO 12, s. 2014
- Amendment to DepEd Order No. 50, s. 2013 (Additional Provisions to DepEd Order No. 59, s. 2012 – Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Selection and Hiring of ALS Literacy Volunteers)- DO 10, s. 2014
- Implementing Guidelines on the Integration of Gulayan sa Paaralan, Solid Waste Management and Tree Planting Under the National Greening Program (NGP)- DO 5, s. 2014
- Adoption of the Modified School Forms (SFs) for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools Eeffective End of School Year 2013-2014- DO 4, s. 2014
- Ortograpiyang Pambansa- DO 34, s. 2013
- Reiterating DECS Order No. 53, s. 2001 (Strengthening the Protection of Religious Rights of Students)- DO 32, s. 2013
- Clarifications on the Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of the Language Learning Areas and Their Time Allotment in Grades 1 and 2 of the K to 12 Basic Education Program- DO 31, s. 2013
- Additional Guidelines to DepEd Order No. 16, s. 2012 (Guidelines on the Implementation of the Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)- DO 28, s. 2013
- Implementing Guidelines on the Allocation and Utilization of the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) Program Support Fund-DO 26, s. 2013
- Revised Guidelines on the Transfer of Teachers from One Station to Another- DO 22, s. 2013
- The Philippine Accreditation System for Basic Education (PASBE) Supplemental Guidelines to DepEd Order No. 83, S. 2012 (The Implementing Guidelines of the Revised SBM Framework, Assessment Process and Tool)- DO 20, s. 2013
- Amendment to DepEd Order No 58, s. 2012 (Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Provision of Teaching Aid and Transportation Allowances to ALS Mobile Teachers and District ALS Coordinators)- DO 19, s. 2013
- Guidelines on the Implementation of the National Competency and Certification 2013 Program- DO 18, s. 2013
- Strengthening the K to 12 Basic Education Program Delivery System for Elementary Education- DO 14, s. 2013
- Guidelines on the Granting of Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) For the Department Of Education (DEPED) Employees and Officials- DO 12, s.02013
- Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of the School Readiness Year-End Assessment (SReYA) for Kindergarten- DO 5, s. 2013
- Amended Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 8190 (An Act Granting Priority to Residents of the Barangay, Municipality or City Where the School is Located, in the Appointment or Assignment of Classroom Public School Teachers)- DO No. 3, 2013
- Guidelines on the List of Approved Supplementary Reading and Reference Materials- Additional DO NO. 119, S. 2009
- Policy Guidelines on Hiring and Development of Kindergarten Teachers- Additional- DO No. 81, s. 2012
- Adopting the National Indigenous Peoples (IP) Education Policy Framework- DO No. 62, s. 2011
- Adoption of KRT 3 Quality Assurance and Accountability Framework (QAAF) DO NO. 44, S. 2010
- Assessment of Reading in Public Elementary Schools- DM No. 143, s. 2012
- Career Pathways for High School Students- DM No. 149, s. 2011
- Ranking of Honor Pupils and Students; Clarification on the Computation of Co-curricular Performance- DO No. 23, s. 2012
- Creating the Schools Sports Events and Activities Unit (SSEAU) and Dissolving the Task Force on School Sports (TFSS)- DO No. 79, s. 2011