DepEd investigates bag torching incident in Bicol

By: Inquirer.net August 19,2018 - 08:27 PM

IRIGA CITY — The Department of Education (DepEd) Bicol will review its policies to see if sanctions can be imposed on Bicol Central Academy’s school permit to operate and its other benefits from the government.

This is after Alexander James Jaucian, the school head of Bicol Central Academy in Libmanan town, ordered the torching of bags after students allegedly failed to comply with a “no-bag rule” during the school’s Tasumaki Day, when students acted as teachers while teachers were at a conference.

DepEd Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad said that they are deeply saddened with the matter and that investigations are now ongoing.

“There was a clear violation of our child protection policy,” Sadsad said in a statement sent to Inquirer.

“For child abuse, we will recommend to (a) certain group or agency like (the Department of Social Welfare and Development) for criminal charges, but this is still to be studied,” Sadsad said.

Filipinos on the internet erupted in anger against a Bicol school official for allegedly ordering the torching of the bags of students who had violated a “no-bag” rule imposed for a school activity.

“Bags of students who failed to comply with the no-bag policy set for the school’s event today have been confiscated and burned in the school quadrangle. The said bag contains school stuff, clothings, cp and laptops. Sadly, the school involved is my alma mater. Shame,” Earl Vincent Cañaveral (@Surrearlism) tweeted on Friday.

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