- Posted September 23, 2013 by
REP. ZAMORA CO-AUTHORS POSITIVE DISCIPLINE BILL
Acclaiming the measure as a convergent policy to eradicate domestic violence, Compostela Valley Representative Maria Carmen S. Zamora recently co-authored House Bill No. 155 entitled, “An Act Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children and Appropriating Funds Therefor.” The bill is principally authored by Rep. Susan A. Yap of the 2nd District of Tarlac.
“We have been witnesses to many unfortunate instances wherein parents and elders instill discipline among children through physical violence, the threat of it, or even psychological punishment. This kind of parenting has become archaic in the modern world. Children must be raised under an environment that fosters positive behavior to facilitate learning and discipline. This is the main reason why we are pushing for the bill,” Rep. Zamora said.
Under the bill, prohibited acts include the following: forcing a minor to kneel on stones, salt or pebbles; squatting; public humiliation; deliberate neglect of a child’s physical needs; exposure to substances that can cause discomfort; and imposing tasks that the minor is incapable of doing such as forcing him or her to skip sleep and verbal assaults.
Penalties of violations under the proposal are being seen to reinforce penal laws under the Revised Penal Code; RA No. 7160, otherwise known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act;”; and RA No. 9262, otherwise known as the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act.”
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is tasked under the measure to be the lead agency in the law’s implementation, if the same is eventually enacted into law.