Albee urged to take action against bullying

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The Bacolod City Council has asked Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez to implement City Ordinance No. 08-15-72 series of 2015, also known as “An ordinance strengthening the implementation of Republic Act No. (RA) 10627.”

RA 10627 requires all elementary and secondary schools to adopt policies to prevent and address bullying in their institutions.

The resolution authored by Councilor Claudio Puentevella said students who are bullied are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, sleep problems, lower academic achievement, and drop out. (

There is a need to shape the conduct of the students to instill discipline and essential values so as to integrate them to be productive and dynamic citizens of the city, it furthered.

As classes shift from distance learning to face-to-face instruction, Puentevella also emphasized the need for schools to include anti-bullying and harassment education in their policies and practices.