Bulacan enacts anti-bullying ordinance

Posted at 05/02/2012 7:08 PM | Updated as of 05/02/2012 7:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Bulacan officials recently passed an ordinance to prevent incidents of bullying in the province.

Under Provincial Ordinance No. 2012-06, harassment and bullying tactics in private and public schools are prohibited.

The ordinance also covers “cyber-bullying” through the use of social networking sites and mobile phones.

Those found violating the ordinance will be fined P5,000 and imprisoned for six months.

The ordinance was co-authored by Board Member Therese Cheryll Ople of the First District of Bulacan and Board Member Mark Jerome Anthony Santiago, Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation president.

Bulacan authorities also formed a council called Panlalawigang Konseho sa Pagsasawata sa Bullying to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the ordinance.

The council is headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado with mayor's league president Mayor Donato Marcos of Paombong and representatives from Department of Education, president of the Provincial League of Barangay Chairmen, BULPRISAA, and several groups.