A district seminar on DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012 on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA No. 10627 otherwise known as the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013” was successfully conducted at Perez Central Elem School, September 6.

Because of the increasing number of bullying cases, Perez District conducted a seminar/workshop which was funded by the Local Government Unit of Perez from LCPC fund under the leadership of Municipal Mayor Pepito C. Reyes.          

Following the mandate of DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012 (Child Protection Policy) and R.A. 10627 (Anti-Bullying Act of 2013), the seminar was participated by selected students from seven elementary schools and Grade 7 and 8 junior high school students of Perez National HS. The SPG and YES-O officers with their advisers actively joined the one-day seminar.

Liliosa B. Diasanta, Public Schools District Supervisor, discussed cyber bullying wherein the pupils attentively listened. After the discussion, Diasanta gave more examples on the incidence of bullying. The students shared their experiences and how they handled it.

“I was one of the victims of bullying and it really hurt me. I cried a lot. I didn’t want to go to school. I felt depressed, but I realized that I need to fight all the negative effects of it,” said Miles who shared her experience on bullying.

Another activity was given by PSDS Diasanta where participants performed or dramatized incidences of bullying. The participants, including teachers, performed as if they were like true actors and actresses, drawing sympathy from the audience.

To lessen the burden of the participants in remembering their experiences, Diasanta told them to write what they felt and how they cope with their feelings.

The next discussant was Eufrocina A. Alpay, guidance designate, who tackled the other types of bullying and how it affects victims. She explained and encouraged the pupils to fight against bullying and other violence. Alpay also stressed the duties and responsibilities of the student leaders. “Be a good example to others,” Alpay reiterated.

“We are hoping that the bullying cases or incidents in your respective schools will not increase,” Diasanta mentioned to the participants after giving her inspirational message.

“Everyone of us is a part of the school where we belong. We are all responsible to become a good student and good leader. Let us protect our schoolmates against bullying,” Jhyzynn Pait mentioned.

Melchora A. Buerano, activity organizer, hoped that the program helped the participants in making them aware of the anti-bullying practices.

Distribution of certificates ended the seminar. (Melchora A. Buerano, Master Teacher I, Perez Central Elem. School, Division of Quezon Province)