If you’re a bully (or if you the victim of bullying), you better read this. If you’re one of those who believe that enacting a law to fight bullies is not an effective way of teaching children to stand on their own, better accept the fact that the Philippines now has a law to fight bullying. On 12 September 2013, President Aquino signed Republic Act No. 10627, also known as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013. [See also: Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 Primer] Continue reading
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10627
AN ACT REQUIRING ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO ADOPT POLICIES TO PREVENT AND ADDRESS THE ACTS OF BULLYING IN THEIR INSTITUTIONS
SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013”.
SEC. 2. Acts of Bullying. – For purposes of this Act, “bullying” shall refer to any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student that has the effect of actually causing or placing the latter in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or damage to his property; creating a hostile environment at school for the other student; infringing on the rights of the other student at school; or materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of a school; such as, but not limited to, the following: Continue reading
Last year, we noted that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is trying to address the problem of at least a million “discouraged workers“, or jobless people available for work but are not actively seeking employment, as well as the prevailing skills mismatch among workers. According to a report, “jobseekers have difficulty finding jobs because they possess skills that are not needed by companies.” It takes “months or almost a year for employers to find the right workers to fill in vacancies in their companies,” the report quotes Criselda Sy, director of DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment. Continue reading