Senators approve bills boosting kids’ safety

THE Senate yesterday approved on third and final reading three bills that if passed into law will strongly protect the welfare and safety of children against any forms of maltreatment and neglect.

Senate Bill No. 1477 or the Act of Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children, seeks to protect children from all forms of physical and mental violence by prohibiting beating, kicking, slapping, lashing on any part of a child’s body, with or without the use of an instrument such as broom, cane, whip or belt.

Likewise, the bill also seeks to prohibit other forms of physical and verbal harm to a minor 18 years and below, according to Senator Risa Hontiveros, chair of the Senate Committee of Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality.

Under the bill, the role of the barangay officers are vital in monitoring complaints against parents, will initiate action against violations such as mediation, reconciliation, counseling and positive discipline seminars and the filing of complaints with law enforcement authorities if needed.