DIWA calls for the strengthening of Hazing Laws

The Democratic Independent Workers’ Association or DIWA Party-list is one with the communities who are actively pushing for the “Anti-Hazing Act” that aims to end hazing and regulate any form of initiation in sororities, fraternities, and other organizations.

According to DIWA Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, one of the co-authors of the bill, the reports of death or intense injury due to hazing are seeded to the public. She explains that the Anti-Hazing Act seeks to penalize all participating officers and members of the hazing with various penalties and fines. Immediately all participating officers and members will be penalized with reclusion temporal and a fine amounting to PHP 1M. Participants of the hazing who are intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs will be fined PHP 2M and reclusion temporal. Lastly, consequences of hazing that resulted to death, rape, sodomy, or mutilation will face a penalty of reclusion perpetua and a fine PHP 3M.

 

Additionally, the Anti-Hazing Act shall require school and community-based fraternities, sororities, and organizations to be registered in the barangay, municipality, or city they are based. The registration list should contain the complete list of members and officers and must be updated yearly.

 

“Let us not lose sight of the fact that the problem also lies in the enforcement of the law.” Rep Aglipay-Villar added “Furthermore, the various institutions involved in this problem should also take an active role in educating the youth and dispelling the tradition of violence.”

 

Initiation rites or practices that do not cause direct or indirect physical or psychological suffering, harm, or injury, to the new member is allowed. The proposed law requires a written application for organizations who will be conducting an initiation. This application should be submitted to the authorities of the school not later than seven days prior the scheduled date. There must be two representatives from the school present during the initation, selected by the head or an authorized school officer.

 

DIWA (Democratic Independent Worker’s Association) is a party-list that aimed towards protecting the rights, promoting the welfare, and providing opportunities for Filipino workers.