THE Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday said the cases of abuse and bullying among school children are closely being monitored and investigated following the call of Senator Sonny Angara to stop bullying in schools.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones reiterates its commitment to promote a child-friendly, gender-sensitive, safe, and motivating environment for all learners as it enforces zero tolerance on cases of child abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, bullying, and other forms of abuse.
Its Child Protection Policy mandates all public and private elementary and secondary schools to create their own Child Protection Committee (CPC) which ensures that cases and instances of abuse are closely monitored and expeditiously investigated.
The implementation of the policy through the CPC has led to a more effective and efficient process of tracking and reporting cases of child abuse, hence the surge in number of documented incidences since 2012.
However, DepEd’s unwavering efforts and interventions resulted to a significant decrease in the incidences of bullying -- from 29,723 in school year 2016 to 19,672 in school year 2017.