A press release from the City Council.
second and final reading
implementation of policies against bullying in schools is expected to take
place in the different schools in Cagayan de Oro City.
after the 16th City Council during its regular session yesterday presided over
by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas approved on second and final reading
Ordinance No. 12581-2013, prohibiting acts of bullying committed among students
in Cagayan de Oro City, providing penalty for violations, and for other
8 of the ordinance provides that the school administration shall be responsible
for the implementation and oversight of policies intended to address bullying.
requires the creation of an Anti-Bullying Committee in schools that will
establish policies against this in their respective institutions. Members of
the committee are the school principal as the chair, Parents-Teachers Community
Association President (PTCA) as the vice chair and the guidance counselor,
student council president and any representative from the teaching or academic
staff as members.
are required to establish clear procedures for promptly responding to
investigations on reports of bullying; identify the range of disciplinary
administrative actions that may be taken against the perpetrator for bullying,
which shall be commensurate with the nature and the gravity of the offense;
establish strategies for protecting students from acts of bullying and of
promptly notifying the parents or guardian of a victim, among others.
ordinance requires schools to provide students and their parents or guardians
with a copy of anti-bullying policies being adopted. These policies should be
included in the school’s student and/or employee handbook and should be
conspicuously posted on the school walls and website, if any.
as defined by the ordinance, are acts committed by any severe or repeated use
by one or more students of written, verbal or electronic expression or a
physical act of gesture or any combination that may cause physical injury,
emotional distress and psychological fear or physical or emotional harm to his
limb, family and property.
Ramon Tabor, principal author of the ordinance, noted the alarming incidents of
bullying, which he says leaves emotional scars to students.
maintained the need to address this, to develop the moral character and
personal discipline of students and to protect the well-being and welfare of
the city’s constituents as provided for in Section 3 of the 1987 Constitution
and R.A. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
Adrian Barba, Alexander Dacer, Nadya Emano, Alden Bacal, Emmanuel Abejuela and
Roger Abaday are co-authors of the anti-bullying law.