Solon seeks to expand Anti-Bullying Act coverage

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.”

From The Philippine Star

Rep. Torres-Gomez and the NBS Foundation’s Project Aral



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.

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Lucy at the Rotary Club of Makati

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.

More equipment for OSPA-FMC

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.

Miss Western Leyte College 2015

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.

Coast Guard Honored after Pope’s Visit

Officers and members of the Coast Guard were honored recently in Ormoc City for their invaluable assistance during the Pope’s visit to Leyte early this year. The ceremonies were held on the 26th of February at Ormoc City’s Port Area. Hon. Lucy Torres-Gomez was in attendance as guest of honor.

Present during the ceremonies were Capt. Pedro V. Tinampay PCG- Commander, Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas, Col. Dinoh A. Dolina – Brigade Commander 802nd Light Brigade, Phil. Army, S/Supt. Jose Macanas – PNP City Director, Ormoc City, PSSupt. Edmund A. Gonzales – Regional Chief Maritime Unit 8, LCDR Glenn Abelardo G. Pacheco PCG – Chief of Staff, CGDEV, Mr. Estopa Glo – DENR, CENRO, Southern Leyte, Mr. Francisco Omega – Operation manager, Roble Shipping, PSi Jose Robrido Station Chief 802 Maritime Police, Calbayog Station, and S.Insp. Romeo Jaca – City Fire Marshal, Ormoc City.

Ground Breaking Ceremony of DBSN Farms Agriventures Corp.

Ground Breaking Ceremonies of DBSN Farms Agriventures Corp. were held last Feb. 26, 2015 at Brgy. Anipolo, Albuera, Leyte.

Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez was guest of honor at the said event. DBSN Farms Agriventures Corp. is owned by Mr. Ramon C Oñate and Mrs. Lourdes Oñate. Present during the event were Hon. Ramon P. Dela Cerna – Municipal Mayor, and Hon. Norman Mesina – Municipal Vice Mayor respectively of Albuera, Leyte.