On CUBCL’s suc­cess­ful Sem­i­nar on GAD in co­op­er­a­tives

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

TRUE to the se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties it had pre­pared by the end of 2016 and af­firmed dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2017, the CUBCL (Co­op­er­a­tive Union of Baguio City and Lu­zon) stuck it out, de­spite un­co­op­er­a­tive weather, to push through with the sem­i­nar-train­ing on gender and devel­op­ment last Au­gust 26 (Satur­day), 2017. The venue for the whole-day af­fair was also kept the MGB Func­tion Hall of the DENR Bldg. along Carantes St., Baguio City. Iron­i­cally, the few re­main­ing va­cant seats at start­ing time tes­ti­fied to the gutsi­ness of those who did some to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively, at­ten­tively, never mind the “Jolina” weather, as would soon be man­i­fested.

Four top­ics were pre­sented and tack­led by well-cho­sen pre­sen­ters, namely: (1.) “Gender Con­cepts” by Engr. Su­san An­gaga, Chair­per­son, BAVESCO and BOD/Past Chair­per­son, CUBCL; (2.) “Gender and Devel­op­ment in Co­op­er­a­tives” by Feli­ci­dad R. Cenon, Co­op­er­a­tive Devel­op­ment Spe­cial­ist of CDA-CAR; (3.) “Gender is­sues in the Fam­ily and So­ci­ety” by An­gelita Gaya­dos Chair­per­son of BAMARVEMCO and con­comi­tantly of CUBCL; and (4.) “Gender and Devel­op­ment-re­lated Laws” by Atty. Emily An­ni­ban Balun­gay of CSC-CAR.

Of the four lec­ture pre­sen­ta­tions, the topic han­dled by Atty. An­ni­ban tended to draw my at­ten­tion most. Af­ter deal­ing with what is GAD (Gender and Devel­op­ment) and philo­soph­i­cal dis­cus­sion on men and women re­la­tions, roles and needs, and those be­tween them and their chil­dren, she took up promi­nently the elu­ci­da­tion of RA 9262 “Anti-vi­o­lence against Women and Their Chil­dren Act of 2004 (AVAWCA 2004) and RA10627 “Anti-Bul­ly­ing Act of 2013” (ABA 2013). Of the two RA laws, I would just con­test my­self with the sec­ond, RA 2013 or, in full, “An­tiBul­ly­ing Act of 2013” be­cause un­like women, who are of age and so can have per­sonal chance to de­fend them­selves against abuses, chil­dren are by na­ture help­less phys­i­cally, psy­cho­log­i­cally and phys­i­o­log­i­cally against abuses in­flicted upon them. And to think that the young are very im­pres­sion­able next gen­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Act as ex­plained by Atty. An­ni­ban Balun­gay, bul­ly­ing refers to any se­vere or re­peated use by one or more stu­dents or a writ­ten, ver­bal or elec­tronic ex­pres­sion, or a phys­i­cal act or ges­ture, or any com­bi­na­tion thereof di­rected at an­other stu­dent that has the ef­fect of ac­tu­ally caus­ing or plac­ing the lat­ter in rea­son­able fear of phys­i­cal or emo­tional harm or dam­age to his prop­erty; cre­at­ing a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment at school for the an­other stu­dent; in­fring­ing on the rights of an­other stu­dents at school; or ma­te­ri­ally and sub­stan­tially dis­rupt­ing the ed­u­ca­tion process or orderly oper­a­tion of a school; such as, but not lim­ited to, the fol­low­ing:

1. Any un­wanted phys­i­cal con­tact be­tween the bully and the vic­tim like punch­ing, push­ing, shov­ing, kick­ing, slap­ping, tick­ling, head­locks, in­flict­ing, school pranks, teas­ing, fight­ing and the use of avail­able ob­jects as weapons;

2. Any act that cause dam­age to a vic­tim’s psy­che and/or emo­tional well-be­ing;

3. Any slan­der­ous state­ment or ac­cu­sa­tion that cause the vic­tim un­due emo­tional dis­tress like di­rect­ing foul lan­guage or pro­fan­ity at the tar­get, name-call­ing, tor­ment­ing and com­ment­ing neg­a­tively on vic­tim’s looks, clothes and body;

4. “Cy­ber-bul­ly­ing” or any done through the use of tech­nol­ogy or any through the use of tech­nol­ogy or any elec­tronic means. The terms shall also in­clude any con­duct re­sult­ing to ha­rass­ment, in­tim­i­da­tion, or hu­mil­i­a­tion, through the use of other forms of tech­nol­ogy, such as, but not lim­ited to tex­ting, email, in­stant mes­sag­ing, chat­ting, in­ter­net, so­cial me­dia, on­line games, or other plat­forms or for­mats as de­fined in DepEd No. 40, Se­ries of 2012.

To our mind, it would be very use­ful for par­ents, teach­ers, guardians and all who take their place in their ab­sence or in­abil­ity to re­view and more or less com­mit to re­mem­brance the above spe­cific enu­mer­a­tions of abu­sive acts. The lo­cal gov­ern­ments and schools are even urged to trans­late the English terms into con­cerned di­alects so peo­ple can un­der­stand and avid the acts ac­cord­ingly. Church peo­ple should do their re­li­gion more and bet­ter to in­flu­ence the young in­stead of spend­ing time quar­rel­ing among them­selves and crit­i­ciz­ing the sec­u­lar gov­ern­ment with­out giv­ing bet­ter op­tions if not out­right en­croach­ing into the lat­ter’s do­main of works.

Atty. Balun­gay, youngish-look­ing though she was, gave me the im­pres­sion that she gained the united ac­tive at­ten­tion of her au­di­ence de­spite va­ri­ety in age and back­ground be­cause she be­lieved that the fu­ture of our na­tion is in the mind and heart of present im­pres­sion­able chil­dren. Hu­man­ity is founded in the gene but af­fected and ef­fected by en­vi­ron­ment. What the child ex­pe­ri­ences will more or less be re­flected in his/ her adult­hood per­son­al­ity. For­tu­nate the na­tion whose chil­dren are pro­tected from abuses be­gin­ning from the fam­ily up to school and the com­mu­nity!

Prac­ti­cally flash­ing as in a homily Mathew 25:40, “The King will re­ply, truly I tell you, what­ever you do to the heart of my brothers and sis­ters, you do to Me,” Emily closed her 38-page wellil­lus­trated prepa­ra­tion then turned tri­umphant to join in the CUBCL song and group pic­tures.

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