When Yolanda struck Leyte we were badly hit. Thank you to those with generous hearts who came to help our people. We will never forget.
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has sought to expand the coverage of the anti-bullying law to include non-school related acts of bullying.
Leyte Rep. Lucy Gomez, filed House Bill 6052 or entitled “An Act expanding the coverage of Republic Act 10627, otherwise known as the ‘Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.'”
Gomez said that because of the measure’s school-based approach, the statute “fails to remedy non-school related acts of bullying in the wider scope of a community.”
“It is for this reason that an amendatory law is needed to give the existing remedial legislation a greater reach of its coverage,” she said.
Gomez said that it is not too early to make refinements to the two-year old anti-bullying law, neither is it too late for Congress, which still has 2016 in its legislative life to make the needed change.
Under HB 6052, Section 2 of R.A. 10627 is proposed to be amended to include bullying acts on all children in the community and not only students.
Gomez also proposed that the measure to cover children below 18 years old or over “but are incapable or unable to fully take care of themselves.”
The bill directs the Department of Social Welfare and Development to “adopt policies to address the existence of bullying in the barangays, to govern non-school related instances of bullying.”
If you’ve ever bought anything from a National Book Store branch, you’ve probably been asked by a cashier upon checking out if you’d like to donate a school pack or two for kids in public schools in remote areas, particularly in places hit by recent calamities. If you were a typical jaded buyer you’d be wary, you’d think “this might be a scam.”
Bea Torres, Programs Manager for the National Book Store Foundation Inc., said they had their doubts at the start of enlisting their buyers’ help in bringing school supplies to the children who need it most. She knew people might think it was indeed a scam and turnout might not be as expected. But kinder hearts prevailed, and they were surprised at the increasing turnout of donations as the years progressed.
This is the only photo I have of June 2, 2015, Tuesday, when I was invited to speak before the very kind gentlemen of the Rotary Club of Makati. We are working together on the fishing boat project for Leyte IV and I gave them an update on where we find ourselves, as a people, almost two years since Typhoon Yolanda happened. When I started this project in December of 2013, I only had two boats. Since then, we have distributed about a thousand and by February of 2016, if all goes well and all pledges are in, we will have been able to award close to 3000 boats. Thank you to everyone who has been (and continues to be) part of the story. All in God's beautiful plan and time, always.❤️
Cong. Torres-Gomez began 6200: Mission Possible with two fiberglass boats and a huge dream to come up with 6,198 more. Sixty-two thousand was the number of registered fisherfolk in the 4th District of Leyte who had lost their main means of livelihood when Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Philippines in November of 2013. As soon as the Rotary Club of Makati South heard of Torres-Gomez’s project they and their numerous sister clubs joined in and came up with fifty more bancas (costing around PHP34,000.00 each) in March of 2014. The first beneficiaries of these boats were the fishermen of Barangay Naungan, who unashamedly shed tears as their leader made an emotional speech thanking the Rotary Club of Makati South and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez for giving them the motorized bancas.
The dedication of the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America(SPSA) to the OSPA-Farmers’ Medical Center (OSPA-FMC) has again been proven. Various hospital equipment, purchased through a fund that the SPSA started early last year, were turned over to the OSPA-FMC last Feb. 27, 2015, with Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez in attendance, along with Dr. Sandra Fiel-Choing – Medical Director, and Mrs. Riza Cabagnot – Hospital Administrator, of the OSPA-FMC.
It may be remembered that the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America, Inc,. after a successful fund-raising campaign initiated and headed by Dr. Hernan Reyes for the relief efforts towards typhoon Yolanda victims in Leyte, turned over last year a brand new ambulance to Cong. Torres-Gomez. The ambulance was delivered to OSPA Hospital which was one of the venues during the 2 past surgical missions of SPSA. The campaign to help the Ormocanos was started at the beginning of the 2014 and was quickly responded to by many SPSA fellows and friends. Dr. Hernan Reyes, founder of the Society and Dr. Rosario Laserna expressed their appreciation to all those who contributed to the fund.
Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez recently crowned the Miss Western Leyte College 2015, in an event held at the WLC Gymnasium last February 27, 2015.
Also present during the event was Hon. Vince Rama and Hon. Bennet Pongos, City Councilors of Ormoc City, Mr. Manuel Torres, father of Congresswoman Torres-Gomez, Mr. Emmanuel Fiel – President of Western Leyte College, and Nimfa Adolfo of the Board of Directors of WLC.
Alden Richards of Kapuso GMA 7 was guest performer.