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Children and adults appeal in Multi-Sectoral Forum why positive discipline matters
By Celaine Cabrera, Information Officer II



The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Save the Children Philippines, and the National Youth Commission led the Multi-Sectoral Forum on Positive Discipline held during the 2018 National Children’s Month last November 21, 2018 at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel, Quezon City.

The activity served as a platform to clamour for the urgent passing the Positive Discipline bill attended by parents, adult caregivers, and the media.

Save the Children Advocacy Officer Reylynne Dela Paz discussed the salient points and importance of the Bill filed at the House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines.


“The Bill includes a comprehensive program to promote positive and non-violent discipline, an intervention for offenders; provision of restorative justice, and inter-agency cooperation in implementing the law,” dela Paz highlighted.

Photo caption:
Reylynne Dela Paz explaining that the Bill prohibits physical, humiliating and degrading punishment in all settings.







The Panel of Speakers composed of child representatives, and advocates from the government, academe and civil society organizations, shared their personal experience on various forms of discipline and why positive discipline is the best approach in guiding the development of children. They also expressed their statement of support in the implementation of the bill.

"Napakahirap basagin ang matagal mo ng nakasanayan pero pag nakikita nilang ito [Positive Discipline] ay positibo at may magandang epekto lalo sa kanilang mga anak, nababago ang pananaw ng nakatatanda,” said Principal Padullo in her experience with implementing positive discipline in schools.


Pic 2018 NCM Multisectoral Forum 2Child representatives Jefferson Oliveros and Abigael Ibay of the Children Talk to Children, explained the effect of corporal punishment and how children can benefit from growing up positively – disciplined. 

An advocacy film depicting child physical and sexual abuse, trauma analysis and psychotherapy entitled “Owl Butterfly” highlighted the afternoon session of the Forum. A debriefing by Anastasia Productions Managing Director Glenda Resurrecion was conducted to an audience of parents and grandparents after the film.

Photo caption: (L – R) Ms. Consolacion Salcedo of CWC, Ms. Zaida Padullo, Positive Discipline Advocates of the Philippines, Ms. Chielo May Dumaog of the Mindanao Action Group for Children's Rights and Protection, Mr. Jefferson Oliveros and Abigael Ibay of the Children Talk to Children, and Ms. Beverly Lolarga of the Tandang Sora National High School.








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