Non-violent disciplinary method pushed

Protection needed Children need the guidance and protection of their parents and institutions like schools and religion. Various laws have been enacted to shield them from exploitation and abuse to give them a good shot at a better future. BOB DUNGO JR.

A group seeking to end the imposition of corporal punishment in learning institutions wants both houses of Congress to pass the “Positive and Non-Violent Discipline Bill” before the 17th Congress adjourns.

On Thursday, Positive Discipline Advocates of the Philippines (PDAP), an independent organization of teachers and school officials promoting non-violent approach to discipline, sent lawmakers an open letter to push the bill.

The PDAP wants to promote positive and non-violent ways to discipline Filipino children. It said corporal punishment and humiliation affect the well-being of Filipino children in any setting, including schools.

They also said the bill will include use of positive discipline in pedagogy of Philippine education, support the provisions of the Child Protection Policy and provide assistance to education institutions in training teachers for the use positive discipline in the school setting.

“When the Third Regular Session of Congress resumes a few days from now, we appeal that the House Bill 8239 or the proposed “Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act” which seeks to protect children from physical, humiliating or degrading acts as a form of punishment, will be a priority. This, so that spanking and other physical and humiliating forms of punishment will soon be a thing of the past,” the PDAP said.

The bill is currently on third and final reading in the Senate while House Bill 8239 will go through third reading in the House of Representatives.

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