Corporal punishment splits councilors-A A +A
Friday, June 8, 2012
THE passage of the proposed ordinance that seeks to ban corporal punishment in Cebu City has been stalled.
The ordinance, authored by city councilors Lea Japson, Margarita Osmeña, Alvin Dizon and John Philip Po II, was on its final deliberation when the City Council decided to defer its approval.
This, after some members of the legislative body questioned some of the provisions of the proposed ordinance.
During the Council’s regular session last Wednesday, Councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa questioned Section 10 of the proposed measure.
It provides that two percent of the budget of the Cebu City Welfare and Protection of Children (CCWPC) and two percent of the budget of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) will go to parenting education sessions, training of service providers on positive discipline, and fund support services for the victims of corporal punishment and their families,
“I’m just concerned with the inclusion of the SK budget. Can we override the power of SK in determining the projects that that are to be funded by their budget?” Abellanosa said.
Councilor Jose Daluz III, for his part, said Section 10 of the proposed measure should be covered in a separate ordinance.
“There is a principle in law that there should only be one subject in one law. So for this ordinance, let’s just focus on corporal punishment,” he said.
Aside from this, Daluz wants the authors to exclude the parents in the coverage of the proposed ordinance.
If the ordinance is passed, parents, teachers, housemaids, caregivers, foster parents, and relatives would be prohibited from committing physical, humiliating or degrading punishment to their children.
It would also be unlawful to beat, slap, hit and kick children, as well to verbally assault and abuse, scold, threaten, intimidate, and yell at them and make them look foolish in public.
Daluz said the ordinance gives prior restraint to parents in disciplining their child.
“For me, personally, I just hope that the parents will not be included because it’s as if you are taking the right of the parents to discipline their child. We have existing laws that can be used if parents abuse their rights,” he said.
Because of these concerns, the council decided to defer the approval of the proposed measure.
The authors of the ordinance said they will address the concerns of some councilors and have the proposed measure included in the agenda in the next council session.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 08, 2012.