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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Positive Discipline bill hurdles Third Reading in the House
Writer: Office of Rep. Susan Yap
04 August 2011 05:19:40 PM

The House of Representatives approved on Third and final Reading House Bill 4455 or the proposed Positive Discipline bill. HB 4455 which advocates positive and non-violent means to discipline children, instead of physical punishment.

Under House Bill 4455, the proposed prohibited acts are: forcing the minor to kneel on stones, salt or pebbles; squatting; public humiliation; deliberate neglect of child's physical needs; exposure to substances that can cause discomfort; and imposing tasks that the minor is incapable of doing such as forcing to skip sleep and verbal assaults.

Rep. Susan Yap of the Second District of Tarlac, principal author of the bill, said that the "Positive and Non-Violent Discipline on Children Act," emphasizes that corporal punishment is inconsistent with the requirements of respect for the child's dignity stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), where the country is a signatory.

"The bill, when enacted into law, will first and foremost promote a positive and non-violent approach to child discipline among parents, teachers, and other persons entrusted with the guardianship of children," Rep. Yap added.

As explained by Rep. Yap, corporal punishment instills in our children domestic violence. This makes them confused because the persons they rely on the most for love and affection are allowed to physically hurt and abuse them in the guise of discipline. Children who are afflicted with corporal punishment eventually become a part of our social ills in the future.

Rep. Yap is hopeful that the Senate counterpart bill, filed by Senate Pro-Tempore Jose "Jinggoy" E. Estrada, which is now pending at the Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, will be fast tracked so that the proposed law will soon become a reality.