National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema is adopting a recommendation of former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to establish a NYC Hotline that any victim of bullying can call to report incidents and seek assistance.
After viewing the disturbing viral videos of a junior high school student bullying and hurting fellow schoolmates, Go reached out to Cardema and recommended to the commission to not only investigate the incident, but also to provide measures to address the psychological effect of bullying to young victims.
“Napag-usapan namin ni Chairman Ronald Cardema ang agarang paglalagay ng NYC Hotline para may matawagan ang lahat ng mga kabataan sa buong bansa na nais magreport ng nangyayaring pambu-bully sa kanila, sa kanilang paaralan, at sa kanilang mga komunidad,” Go said.
“Kapag napapabayaan minsan ng mga magulang at mga paaralan ang patuloy na pambu-bully ng kanilang mga anak o mag-aaral, panahon na para pumasok ang gobyerno at tumulong agad sa pangangalaga at pagtulong sa mga binu-bully na kabataang Pilipino,” he added.
Cardema stressed that bullying has its adverse effects on the development of the youth. “More than physical injuries, victims of bullying usually experience trauma. Maganda na maagapan ito agad kaya nagpapasalamat ako kay SAP Kuya (SK) Bong Go na nagpakita ng malasakit sa ating kabataan,” Cardema added.
Go clarified that his recommendation for the NYC hotline will enable the government to intervene and help not only the victims of bullying but the bullies themselves who may need proper guidance to reform their negative behavior.
“Alam natin na ang mga Kabataan ang pag-asa ng ating bayan. Kaya dapat natin silang laging alagaan, protektahan at tiyakin na hindi sila napapabayaan, binu-bully o inaapi upang lumaki sila na mabuting mamamayan,” Go said.
Both Cardema and Go noted that the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, gives the option to the school head or the Child Protection Committee to refer both the victim and the bully to trained professionals outside the school, such as social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, or child protection specialists, for further assessment and appropriate intervention measures, as may be necessary.
While the NYC hotline is still being set up, Cardema said victims of bullying can seek assistance from the National Youth Commission through its office at the 3rd Floor, West Insula Building, West Avenue, Quezon City.