Saturday, 25 February 2012 12:15
The Substitution House Bill no. 4455 is an act promoting positive and non-violent discipline in lieu of corporal punishment of children and appropriating funds. The act shall be known as the “Positive Discipline instead of Corporal Punishment of Children Act of 2011.
The state recognizes the vital role of children and youth in nation building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. Pursuant thereto, no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment .Such treatment and punishment violates the child’s rights, human dignity and physical integrity. Hence, the state shall promote positive and non-violent discipline of children at home, in school, in institution, in alternative care system, in workplace and in all other settings and establish the necessary structures and mechanisms and mobilize resources to make this possible.
This positive and non violent discipline refer to an approach seeking to immediately correct the behavior of a child, to teach a lesson, to give tools that build discipline and emotional control, and to build a good relationship with the child by understanding the child’s needs and capabilities at various ages and the behavior that is usual for a child at each stage of development.
A comprehensive program shall be formulated and implemented to promote positive and non-violent in lieu of corporal punishment of children. Among the positive and non-violent techniques for disciplining a child which can be promoted include:
1. Beat the clock-a motivational technique that uses the competitive nature to encourage completion of tasks on parent’s timetable.
2. Grandma’s Rule-a contractual agreement that allows a child to do what the child pleases as soon as what the parent wants has been accomplished.
3. Neutral time- taking advantage of time that is free from conflict, such as the time after a tantrum has passed and the child is calm and receptive, to teach new behavior to the child.
4. Rule- a pre determined behavioral expectation that includes a stated outcome and consequence.
5. Praise- a verbal recognition that a parent wants to reinforce.
6. Time out- to take the child out of a situation because of inappropriate behavior, making the child face a blank wall for several minutes or until the child calms down.
These children are those who are below eighteen(18) years of age, or those over but are unable to fully take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition. On the other hand, Corporal Punishment refers to punishment or penalty for an offense or imagined offense, or acts carried out to discipline, train or control, inflicted by an adult or by another child, who has been given or has assumed authority or responsibility for punishment or discipline.
This Punishment includes physical and humiliating or degrading ones such as, but not limited to:
1. Blows to any part of a child’s body, such as beating, kicking, hitting, slapping, lashing, with or without the use of an instrument like cane, shoes, broom, stick, whip or belt.
2. Pinching, pulling ears or hair shaking twisting joints, cutting and shaving hair cutting or piercing skin, dragging or throwing a child.
3. Striking of the child’s face or head such being designated as the “no contact zone”.
4. Forcing a child, through the use of power, authority or threats, to perform physically painful or damaging acts, such as holding a weight or weights for an extended period, kneeling on stones, salt or pebbles, squatting, standing or sitting in a contorted position.
5. Deliberate neglect of a child’s physical needs, where this is intended as punishment.
6. Use of external substances, like burning or freezing materials, water, smoke, pepper, alcohol, excrement or urine.
7. Use of hazardous tasks as punishment or for the purpose of discipline, including those that are beyond as child’s strength or bring him/her into contact with dangerous or unhygienic substances, these tasks include sweeping or digging in the hot sun or rain, using bleach or insecticides, or unprotected cleaning of toilets
9. Confinement, including being shut in a confine space or material, tied up or forced to remain in one place for an extended period of time.
10. Any threat of physical punishment.
11. Verbal assaults, threats or intimidation.
12. Verbal abuse, scolding, yelling, swearing, or ridiculing.
13. Making a child look or feel foolish in front of one’s peers or the public, and
14. Other acts or words which belittle, humiliate, blame, ignore, isolate the child or make the child a scapegoat.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shall integrate positive and non-violent discipline of children in the training of officials and staff of child –caring institutions. It shall ensure that officials and staff of institutions do not use corporal punishment on any child under their custody and shall also ensure that appropriate action is taken against erring officials and staff of the institutions.
This forum was attended by Roserene M. Cabanero, guidance counselor of Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS) at La Vina Hotel this city.
DPLMHS student bags 1ST place
FE Q. VILOS
Louriane Mae A. Gallardo a student of Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School ( DPLMHS) bagged first place,Zamboanga National High School West 2nd place and Regional High School 3rd place in the recently concluded Ist Inter-High School Essay Writing Contest, sponsored by VOZ DE MINDANAO held at Capiz Room,Palmeras Zamboanga City,last February 22,2012 with its theme “Moringa,The Wonder Tree”.
The theme focused on the many uses and benefits of Moringa commonly known as Malunggay to promote its nutritional values to the people. The main objective of this contest was to inculcate among the populace through the youth the multifaceted uses and benefits of the often disregarded Malunggay.
There were five public high schools participated namely; Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS),Regional High School , Zamboanga National High School West, Zamboanga City High School Main,Talon Talon National High School and Maria Clara Lobregat National High School.Each school were allowed to submit atleast four entries (2 per year level),a total of 22 entries of essay.
The essays were judged based on Content and Originality (40%), Organization (30%) ,and Grammar and Mechanics(30%).
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