Enforce anti-bullying law strictly — Gatchalian

Enforce anti-bullying law strictly — Gatchalian

By Liza Soriano

Illustration courtesy of Freepik

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian on Friday urged for the strict enforcement of Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 (Republic Act No. 10627) to address the incidence of bullying in schools.

“Kasabay sa pag-angat ng kalidad ng edukasyon ang pagtiyak sa kaligtasan ng ating mga paaralan at mga mag-aaral. Kung nais nating matiyak na magiging mahusay ang ating mga mag-aaral, mahalagang masugpo natin ang bullying at matiyak nating ligtas ang espasyo ng mga paaralan,” Gatchalian said.

A study conducted by De La Salle University Professor Dr. Allan Bernardo noted that based on the results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), poor readers have high exposure to bullying and a low sense of belonging.

According to PISA results, Filipino students are more likely to experience bullying than students from other nations.

About 65 percent of the 15-year-olds who took part in the international large-scale assessment reported being bullied at least occasionally every month.

Further PISA results reveal that students who reported feeling intimidated had a reading score 56 points lower than those who had no or fewer frequent incidents.

In 2021, the DepEd created the Child Protection Unit to strengthen the implementation of the child protection program.

(ai/mtvn)

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