DepEd Child Protection Policy
A Challenge to Everyone
By Emily G. Petito on Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013

             “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” This proverb gives us a challenge to think and decide how we can instill discipline out of love to our pupils and children without violating their rights.

             As an educator who molds the young generation, I never stop learning to find the best means and methods in disciplining my pupils in order to bring out the best in them. I make sure those are the ways that may cause merited actions and fair information to my pupils and to their parents. As a teacher, the love for my schoolers is the same as how they are loved by their mothers and fathers. But there were times that you are congested with some issues about child labor and child abuse and these are not new in an environment of a public school. Until one day I attended a seminar about this new guidelines and policies for children. In order to protect the children against all forms of violence, the Department of Education and the National Government’s drafted guidelines on Protecting Children or “DepEd Child Protection Policy”. The entire policy and guidelines were written and approved by the concerned legislative personnel of our country; one of the aims is to disseminate the information and to give prompt action for the implementation of the policy.

             This law serves as the bird’s eye view for us in infusing discipline in and out of the school. It is also the tool we can use to stop all the damaging and deteriorating abuses on children. The goal is to protect every Filipino child and to ensure that all stakeholders follow it well and that education covers this policy.

             All of us parents, teachers, guardians and people from North to South of the country are mandated to follow this Policy for the safety and total welfare of our children. Young people’s rights should be respected, giving them your utmost love and affection, helpful advice and counsel, support and educate, instruct and be a good example. Enhance, protect, preserve and maintain their physical and mental health at all times. Practice positive and non-violent discipline. Remember rewards/praises are better than punishment. The challenge is for us to take.