NGO EDUCO reacts over "campus fascism" in Libmanan, Camarines Sur: condemns burning of students' bags, cites act as child abuse | BICOL TODAY

NGO EDUCO reacts over “campus fascism” in Libmanan, Camarines Sur: condemns burning of students’ bags, cites act as child abuse

By Joey Natividad

PILI, Camarines Sur — In a show of solidarity for the harassed students of Bicol Central Academy of Libmanan, Camarines Sur, whose bags were ordered burned by the school administrator during his “episodes of tantrum”, an NGO with international linkages involved in the education and protection of children condemned the “burning incident”, and called for a united stand among stakeholders in the academe, the student sector and parents, and those involved for the protection of children.

In a statement, EDUCO Philippines has condemned the burning of students’ bags at Bicol Central Academy (BCA), a private school in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

The incident was reported to be ordered by Alexander James Jaucian after students failed to comply with “no-bag” policy for a school event that day.

After public pressure and harsh opinion over social media, Jaucian publicly apologized, but still his apology did not water down the steaming public sentiment and sympathy for the students.

Jaucian is also a member of the Camarines Sur Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the provincial government’s legislative body.

In a related move, it was reported the school board of directors has ordered the suspension of school administrator Jaucian, but it was doubted if this will pacify adverse public opinion since the board is controlled by the Jaucians as a family corporation.

Sympathetic sectors have described the burning incident as form of “campus fascism.”

Three days ago, a youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan came up with a statement that was released to the media, condemning the “bag burning” incident and urged for the filing of complaints.

Cited in the statement, EDUCO lauded DepEd Region V Director Gilbert Sadsad and DepEd Bicol for their quick action resulting to a 90-day suspension of the said school owner just days after the video was published. The Department’s child protection policy, as stated in DepEd Order No. 40 of 2012, upholds zero-tolerance for any act of abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, bullying, and other forms of abuse.

“EDUCO joins other organizations, local governments, individuals and concerned citizens in condoning the act, and calls for a transparent investigation over the incident,” Program Manager Eleanor Peña speaking in behalf of the organization.

A disturbing video of the BCA owner and administrator Jaucian ordering and overseeing the burning of student’s bags went viral last Friday, August 17.

According to reports, Jaucian was motivated to such a “dangerous and damaging” action after learning his students were not wearing the proper attire for a school event that day.

The day after the incident, the video had caught the attention of DepEd.

EDUCO further urged concerned agencies, local governments, and civil society organizations in the community, to reach out to the students and their families to offer support in dealing with traumatic experience and replenishing the school supplies destroyed.

“We call on all schools, both private and public academic institutions—and especially BCA—to uphold DepEd’s child protection policy, strengthen referral mechanisms, invest in training, and engage students and parents on child protection,” EDUCO said.

According to Peña, “We urge students, schools, and communities to report any forms of abuse in the future, regardless of whether they were caught on video or not. At EDUCO, we work with the duty bearers, both in schools and communities, in promoting the rights and interests of children in a way that it creates an enabling environment that respects their dignity, enjoy their rights and responsibilities, and live in a society free from violence.”

At present, the NGO has trained hundreds of teachers on positive discipline in everyday teaching. It provides teachers the tools to view pupils in a larger context and equips them with techniques on discipline that does not harm the child in any way.

It said EDUCO Philippines views all acts of corporal punishment as child abuse and all responsible as will be found out upon the conclusion of DepEd’s investigation be held accountable and receive a proper intervention.

“Such action no matter what the motivation, compromises the rights and well-being of children,” adds Peña. []

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