Students standing against bullying

In celebration of the 37th annual National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation week, the College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences’ held a seminar about anti-bullying last July 21, 2015 Tuesday at the Tan Yan Kee building 4th floor. The seminar was opened by Mr. Gerald Lester Caoili, the batch adviser of Batch 2015 who gave a brief preview of what bullying is and the importance of paying attention to bullying as he stated“Angproblema ng isangtao ay problema ng buongsystema,” in his opening remarks.

To completely inform the students on what bullying is, Mr. Herald C. Cruz, a professional family counselor of Ateneo De Manila’s Center for Family Development (CEFAM), was invited to be the guest speaker for that day. Mr. Cruz is a speaker in a radio program and he also offers seminars on Parenting, Marital, Love, Courtship and Going steady to those who are in need.

What is bullying? according to Sec.2, Acts of Bullying of the Republic Act No. 10627, an act of bullying is considered to be any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at another student that has the effect of actually causing or placing the latter in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or damage to his property.

“Bullies were once being bullied,” said Mr. Cruz. It is the payback of the events put to them to be passed to another person that they think weaker than them. A bully needs to be stopped. They should be educated about what could be the effect of their actions. They might not see the pain of their acts, but for us, who clearly understand the situation, we have the responsibility of stopping and shedding light on what is should be done.

A person is influenced by his family, by the people from his school, by the community and by the society. It is the issues (e.g. lack of attention, over indulgence) that developed a person to act differently towards other people, but as long as the person is willing to change, he can. Just like what Mr. Cruz said “the one difference between a stepping stone or a stumping block is how you use it, it will either make you stronger or weaker.”

And as a tool for the change, an acronym was left by Mr. Cruz for a person who wants to change, or to make a change to remember. R.U.A.C.H., R for recognizing that you have issues, U for understanding why did that happened to you, A for accepting the reality, C for believing that you can change and H for healing. Every individual needs to be positive and set standards. You may also ask for help or even be the one to help, and with this, no one else will be left behind.