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Ban on corporal punishment
should be legislated – CHR

An official of the Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas is urging local government units to pass ordinances banning corporal punishment.

CHR 7 director Alejandro Alonso said that although LGUs are not required to pass such ordinance, having one will help enforce the national law against child abuse.

Alonso said that, although parents have the primary responsibility to discipline their child, the government can step in when the parents go too far. There are limits to disciplining a child, he said.

The CHR 7 and the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center Inc. recently organized an activity for children and parents to celebrate Children’s Month. The activity was aimed at promoting the rights of children, including their right to play, Alonso said.

He noted that many parents employ “negative discipline” instead of talking to their children. “Child abuse is not only physical; it can also be verbal and emotional”, he added.

He emphasized the role of LGUs in keeping children off the streets.*PNA

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