By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo on Tuesday said the Department of Education (DepEd) must assure that the P150 million confidential funds of the agency should be utilized properly to ensure the safety and protection of students.
Tulfo emphasized the importance of safeguarding students from child molesters, kidnappers, drug dealers, and other predators of young children.
He continued by mentioning complaints he had previously received about widespread harassment and bullying by people not affiliated with the university, and he wanted these issues to be resolved.
“We have to protect the welfare of the children. Kung sa Amerika, yung mga estudyante ang madalas nagiging biktima ng mass shooting, sa Pilipinas naman, may mga reports in the past na may mga pusher na nagbebenta ng droga sa paligid ng eskwelahan at iba pang criminal elements prowling the perimeters of the school,” Tulfo said.
“The confidential funds can be used to track down who these people are and pre-empt them from victimizing students,” he added.
DepEd already revealed earlier that reports of “sexual grooming cases, sexual abuse, and cases of drugs being sold in schools” either from outside school premises or inside, as well as cases of criminal activities in school, have been rampant.
Tulfo has fully supported the approval of DepEd’s fund for the next fiscal year. (ai/mtvn)