The Positive Discipline in Lieu of Corporal Punishment of Children Act of 2011

Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said the massive public debates of the alleged child abuse committed at the Willing Willie show generated massive public debate. This made it necessary for Congress to look into the controversy last April and determine measures that would further guarantee legislative protection for children.

HB 4455 or the Positive Discipline in Lieu of Corporal Punishment of Children Act of 2011 passed for third reading in the Lower House by the end of April 2011. It incorporates Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy bill seeking to prohibit all manners of physical punishment and other forms of disciplinary penalty, including humiliating or degrading methods, against a child.

The bill will become a law once the Senate approves of it.

The measure promotes positive and non-violent ways of disciplining minors.

Among the punishments to be prohibited are pinching (kurot), pulling of ears (pingot) or hair, cutting or shaving of hair, spanking with hand and whipping with belt, among other things.

The bill also considers as unlawful the use of power, authority or threats on the child and forcing the minor to kneel on stones, salt or pebbles and squatting.

According to Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy , confining, tying up or forcing a child to remain in one place for an extended period of time, verbal assaults, scolding and ridiculing the minor will also be considered illegal acts.

“Making a child look or feel foolish in front of one’s peers or the public is also considered unlawful under HB 4455,” Herrera-Dy said.

“Various researches show that corporal punishment is ineffective in disciplining children of all ages and, most often, it produces anger, resentment and low self-esteem on children,” Herrera-Dy said.

Studies show thousands of children suffer injuries as a result of corporal punishment.

Here is the bill.

HB 4455 Positive Discipline in Lieu of Corporal Punishment of Children Act of 2011

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