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Bulacan enacted anti-bullying ordinance
Wednesday, 02 May 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS – Rampant incidents of bullying by students towards fellow students in the schools prompted the provincial legislators or Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Bulacan recently to pass once again timely, relevant and important ordinance.

This measure of anti-bullying is entitled or known as (Panlalawigang Kautusan Blg. 2012-06) “Ordinansang sinasawata ang pag-iral ng pananakot at panduduro o “bullying” at anumang kahalintulad nito sa lahat ng mga paaralan, pribado o publiko man, sa lalawigan ng Bulacan.” (Ordinance Restricting the Prevalence of Harassment and Finger-pointing or ‘Bullying’ and the like in all schools, either private or public, in the Province of Bulacan).

In addition, a provincial council called Panlalawigang Konseho sa Pagsasawata sa Bullying was created to formulate plans and policies, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the said ordinance. It is headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado with mayor’s league president Mayor Donato Marcos of Paombong and representatives from Department of Education, president of the Provincial League of Barangay Chairmen, BULPRISAA, private and non-government organizations, religious groups, and PAGE (Philippine Association of Graduate Education- Bulacan Chapter as members.

Bullying, is defined as “any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture to put someone in reasonable fear.” It has different forms such as harassment or provocation or the use of foul language, name calling, tormenting or even commenting negatively on someone’s looks, clothes and body, punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, slapping or doing pranks and teasing. It also includes "cyber-bullying" which utilizes technology and electronic services such as mobile phones, computers, interne, and social networking websites.

According to studies, seven out of 10 students are becoming victims of bullying which is found prevalent in the primary and elementary levels. Its negative effect such as fear to classmates and decrease in mental capacity/ ability make it impossible for children being bullied to succeed in their determination to succeed in academic endeavors or studies.

Any school in the province or its officials (principal, administrator, owner or president of the corporation, for private schools), to be found defiant in the said anti-bullying ordinance will be penalized with a fine of P5,000 and six months of imprisonment.

Provincial Ordinance No. 2012-06 was authored by Board Member Therese Cheryll Ople of the First District of Bulacan, and Board Member Mark Jerome Anthony Santiago, Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation president. ###

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