/ 10 March 2023

TGP Party-list Rep. Jose Teves Jr. has filed a measure that aims to strengthen the information dissemination and education campaign on the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018.

House Bill 7434 or the proposed Tulong at Gabay para sa mga Pilipino Kontra Hazing Educational Campaign Act seeks to institutionalize the provision of informational materials, seminars, and orientation to strengthen the education campaign.

Teves said many Filipinos are still unaware of the prohibitions set forth in the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 and the gravity of punishments included therein.

“Although there is a legal principle of Ignoratia Legis Non Excusat which means Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith, we must still extensively educate the public about the prohibition and negative impact of hazing to our educational institutions, societies, communities, and last but not the least, to our fellow Filipinos,” Teves said in his explanatory note.

The measure mandates the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to actively publish and disseminate informational materials regarding the provisions of the Anti-Hazing Law.

The lawmaker believes that the bill will instill knowledge and dissuade citizens from engaging in any form of hazing as a condition to entering any organization, association, society, fraternity or sorority.