Monday, August 8, 2011

Teachers, Parents Hands Off!

"The House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading House Bill 4455, criminalizing forms of corporal punishment on children, Wednesday," the news said.

Hands Off Kids
Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy and Tarlac Rep. Susan Yap, the authors of HB 4455 said this bill will promote positive forms of discipline on children.

When enacted into law, this could be the first positive and non-violent measure to be implemented  so far on child discipline among parents, teachers, and other persons entrusted with the guardianship of children.

Children could no longer be punished by pulling their hair, piercing their skin, striking them, tying them up and imprisoning them under this bill.

Instead, parents and guardians should use positive forms of discipline like praises, reprimand and responsibility building, but not inflicting their children bodily punishment.

Anybody who will be found guilty of violating the said bill's provisions will be fined with imprisonment of up to six months.

Ernesto Almocera Jr. of the Child Rights Network (CRN), a group advocating the rights of Filipino children, in a statement lauded the passage of the bill for it will protect the rights of children against any form of abuse in other settings such as the school, alternative care centers and even at home.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada has authored similar bill in the senate and is currently pending before the Senate committee on youth, women and family relations.

In fact, corporal punishment has already been banned in school before the passage of this bill.

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