SLC Employees Vow to Fight Bullies
by: Dr. Juner Windel M. Valdez
"Our HRD Day celebration is essentially relevant as we are having fighting the bully battle as our central theme. Why do I say relevant? Well it's primarily because you are parents, brothers and sisters, or relatives of school children, of college boys and girls, whom you send out every day to kiss the world right on the forehead, trusting that the world will spare your young loved ones from its cruelty." These are the words of Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM, the College President, in his opening remarks during the annual Human Resource Development (HRD) Day of Saint Louis College held at Father Burgos Gymnasium, July 4, 2014.
The seminar, which was participated in by the members of SLC management, faculty, and personnel, focused on one of the pressing issues that beset the academic community today which is the practice of bullying. The said event was graced by Dr. Maryneth Penetrante.
During her talk, Ms. Neth emphasized that there is a need to re-orient the whole school system (regarding the cases of
bullying in schools) so that these will not continue to escalate. In addition, she mentioned that in fighting the bully battle, the role of the school in bully prevention and reduction is very important as the success of a bullying prevention program and other forms of violence prevention programs depends on the commitment of the school head and the members of the academe.
Furthermore, she elucidated that effective interventions in addressing bullies must involve the entire school community, including the parents, rather than focusing on the perpetrators and the victims alone. Ms. Neth ended the event with a challenge to the SLC community to craft and implement institutional policies and that everyone should pay attention and get involved in the fight against the bully battle.
In response, the SLC community gathered all the student leaders from the Basic Education Schools to the College Department to craft the policies that aim to intensify the policies against bullies in the school.