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Duterte declares 2nd week of February as ‘National Hazing Prevention Week’

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring the second week of February of every year as “National Hazing Prevention Week.”

Proclamation No. 907 directs the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to lead, coordinate, and supervise the nationwide yearly observance of the National Hazing Prevention Week to strengthen the campaign to end hazing and other fraternity-related violence.

Other agencies and instrumentalities, including state universities and colleges and local government units, are encouraged to actively participate and provide necessary support and assistance to the CHED.

“Throughout the years, there has been an alarming number of hazing-related deaths in the Philippines despite the passage of the Anti-Hazing Act,” according to Duterte.

Republic Act 11053 prohibits all forms of hazing in fraternities, sororities and organizations, including citizens’ military training and citizens’ army training.

The law also mandates schools to implement information dissemination campaigns to provide adequate knowledge to students and their parents or guardians regarding the consequences of conducting and participating in hazing.

“To address the continuous occurrence, as well as the dire consequences of this act of violence, there is a need for the active participation of various government agencies, as well as the private sector and non-governmental organizations, to increase awareness of the importance and value of hazing prevention,” the President said.

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