SDO Lucena – School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD) conducted Division Training Workshop on Intensified School Child Protection Policy (CPP) that aims to strengthen the implementation of DepEd policies on child protection; train and create school Child Protection Committee (CPC); and to provide technical advice to schools on complex and serious child protection cases held at St. Jude Multi-Purpose Cooperative Hotel and Event Center, Diversion Road, Brgy. Isabang, Tayabas City, September 19.

One hundred sixteen (116) School Heads and Guidance Counselors acting as Chairperson and Vice-chairperson respectively of their school’s CPCs attended the training workshop. The training consisted of five (5) main topics: The Legal Framework: Laws and Issuances on Child Protection- The Child Protection Policy; Discussion on Positive Discipline; Means of Handling Disclosure; and Case Management Workshop on Child-At-Risk (CAR) and Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL).

Dr. Aniano M. Ogayon, Schools Division Superintendent, cited in his inspirational message that, “Policies are like Laws that we have to give importance”. Hence, he also reminded the participants to perform their duties and responsibilities for their learners with a heart as part of the committee protecting children in the division.

Mr. Tristan Jayson C. Collantes, the Guidance Counselor of Lucena City National High School (LCNHS), one of the Division Child Protection Specialists, shared the Legal Framework: Laws & Issuances on Child Protection. He shared several laws such as RA 9262 – Anti-Violence against Women and Their Child Act, Anti-Bullying Act, and the corresponding DepEd Orders pertaining to these laws, among others.

Dr. Karina R. Bautista, SEPS M&E, Division Focal Chairperson on Child Protection revisited DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012 known as Policy and Guidelines on Protecting Children in School from Abuse, Violence, Exploitation, Discrimination, Bullying and Other Forms of Abuse. She emphasized the functions of CPC members; discussed preventive, protective and remedial measures on DepEd Child Protection Policy; and reported division consolidated report on incidents of bullying & child abuse cases as of August 2016.

Mr. Angelo S. Villanueva, EPS-II M&E, discussed the rules and procedures in handling child abuse, exploitation, violence and discrimination cases. He further intensified the discussion on the process of investigation, assessment, referral, reporting, and monitoring system.

The Division Coordinator – Values Education, Mrs. Editha B. Huelva, facilitated discussion on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching through cooperative learning activities. She provided technical advice to promote on how to effectively use positive discipline and prohibits the use of corporal punishment.

Mrs. Chinita A. Tolentino, also a Division Child Protection Specialist, PSDS South District, added to the discussion, the division consolidated report of incidents of bullying & child abuse cases which was intensified. According to her, “Education is everybody’s business and we have to develop our pupils holistically”. She concluded her workshop on growing numbers of Filipino children becoming victims of abuse, violence, exploitation, neglect and discrimination (AVEND).

Dr. Joepi F. Falqueza, OIC-ASDS, inspired the participants and reminded School Heads and CPC Chairpersons to be happy because they are learning more about CPP and they are the seeds that will serve as instruments to minimize if not eradicate the problems being encountered in the SDO Lucena about CPP.

Moreover, Atty. Kristine D. Pabico, designated Legal Officer III, discussed the DepEd Order No. 18, s. 2015 and Case Management Workshop on Child-At-Risk (CAR) and Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL). She strengthened awareness on how to handle cases on CAR and CICL. She also presented different cases being handled thereby the Division for the purpose of case management workshop. Participants engaged themselves in the workshop and thereby manifest eagerness to become good chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of the school’s CPP.

Dr. Karina R. Bautista and Angelo S. Villanueva spearheaded the Division training workshop on Intensified School Child Protection Policy.

Angelo S. Villanueva
EPS-II, M&E, SDO-Lucena City