The forum started with a talk by Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, Chief of the AFP Public Affairs, on the “Salient Points on Anti-Hazing and Bullying Law.” He gave very clear instances on how he himself helped end bullying in his school when he was still a student, and hazing when he joined the military. He emphasized that school administrators, as well as the parents, should know what bullying is and how to identify if one is being bullied or the bully.
Usec. Dina S. Ocampo of the DepEd Program and Projects gave a lecture on the “Senior High School Curriculum.” She started by presenting the law that states why there is a need to move from a 10-year Basic Education to K-12. She also presented the strands that a school can follow to implement Grades 11-12. Towards the end of her lecture, she presented and discussed possible sample curriculum for each of the strands.
South Mansfield College is offering Grade 11 and Grade 12 starting this school year. SMC is also aware of the importance of safeguarding its students from bullying and hazing.