August-03-2017 06:10 AM
CHILD PROTECTION DUTY BEARERS CONVENED FOR SEMINAR ON POSITIVE DISCIPLE
The Committee on Child Rights of the Philippine Sector, East Asia Province, organized a seminar on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching, Building the Capacity of Duty Bearers in Keeping Children Safe on June 28 and June 29, 2017 at the Province Center, Lagao, General Santos City. The Chairperson of the Child Rights Committee, Br. Ted Fernandez, FMS, led the organization of the said activity. He networked with Mr. Peter Mallonga, Save the Children Volunteer and Country Trainor for an enriching input on Positive Discipline. Mr. Mallonga provided manuals and shared his competence as a Resource Person on the theme.
Working with Br. Ted in this seminar were Br. Crispin P. Betita, FMS, Br. Albert Bolibol, FMS and Ms. Agnes S. Reyes. A total of Fifty Six (56) participants coming from the Marist Schools and the Notre Dame Schools of the Diocese of Marbel attended the said workshop.
In the evaluation of the program content and method, the participants value the feedback given by Br. Crispin on the existing Child Protection Policies (CPP) of their respective schools.
One participant expressed that “the comments given to our CPP help a lot in the process of our revising our school’s CPP manual to make it more relevant and protective of the children we work with.” Noting the relevance of the topic content, most participants requested for the conduct of similar seminars to a wider participation of other duty bearers. Mrs. Leonarda Caldea from Notre Dame of Glan, Sarangani expressed: “I learned more deeply on the essence of Positive Discipline which for me means how reactive, reflective and pro-active we are in addressing the violence against children…. The lecture-discussion and the way the resource person discussed the topics are both clear, relevant, experiential and striking….”
Last month, June 2017, a national paper in the Philippines published Department of Education’s (DepEd) mandate for schools to strictly comply with their respective Child Protection Policies. Indeed, this initiative of the East Asia Province Child Protection Committee is a timely collaboration with the DepEd’s landmark policy for the protection and welfare of vulnerable children.