/ 16 June 2024

THE 2nd Congressional Commission on Education or EDCOM 2 decided to form a joint Technical Working Group to review the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act.

The decision came after several studies showed that cases of bullying in schools in the country remain alarming.

The TWG will be composed of members of the EDCOM 2 Standing Committee on Basic Education, together with the representatives of the Department of Education.

The TWG will be tasked to propose reforms to make the policy implementable.

“Let’s not disappoint – because madami na talagang good plans, but hindi talaga na-implement, and we end up disappointing our teachers, our students, and the DepEd family itself. So let’s do our part. Let’s make it work, so we don’t disappoint our parents, teachers, and our learners. We have good plans, but we couldn’t implement them,” said House Committee on Basic Education chairman and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo.

“Kahit na matagal na ‘yung batas, sa totoo, last year lang talaga natutukan ng DepEd, by creating an ad hoc office and by asking for personnel. So right now, we don’t actually know the depth of the problem – ‘yung dimensions ng problema – ng bullying. Kasi last year lang pala naumpisahan ‘yung Learners’ Rights Protection Office,” Romulo added.