Sen. Bongbong poses with children visiting the Senate of the Philippines before the start of a regular session. Pasay City, 21 May 2014
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has urged parents, teachers and school administrators to establish strong connection with the government to protect the youth and the children and ensure their wellbeing.
Sen. Bongbong made the call as he warned that the youth are not only threatened to become commodified or become the object of lust and perverse individuals, but by themselves threatened by moral degeneration by social ills.
He mentioned that the youth are daily exposed to dangers like bullying, cyber-bullying, fraternity hazing, and gang-related violence, drug abuse, cyber pornography, and criminality, among others.
“Ngayon, tila bang dapat nating protektahan ang ating mga anak mula sa mga panganib na dala ng buong mundo, at hindi lamang mula sa panganib sa loob ng ating bakuran, komunidad, bayan o bansa,” he said in his speech during the “6th Annual Education Summit for Teachers and PTA Officers Induction Ceremony” held on Thursday (August 8, 2014) at the Lou-is Resort and Restaurant Grand Ballroom, Balanga, Bataan.
“We, parents, teachers and school administrators, have to develop strong and deep linkages with government. Both the national and local governments have appropriate agencies dedicated to the enforcement of laws on specific issues concerning the youth,” he said.
The senators said Congress has enacted laws like Anti-Hazing law, the Cybercrime law, the Anti-Child Pornography Act, the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, Anti-Child Abuse Law, Anti-Human Trafficking Act, and many others.
He said the strong linkage with the government, from the national government down to the barangays is necessary since they have the power to enforce laws protecting the children and the youth.
“Yes, we realize our helplessness in the more overwhelming concerns, but we can rely upon the government for support and succor. Remember, government is like a parent also; indeed, the government is viewed as the ‘parent of the country,’as embodied in the doctrine of ‘Parens Patriae’,” Marcos said.
He said parents, substitute parents and special parents, should aim to create a holistic community environment that is most conducive to the optimal and total development of the youth into economically productive, responsible and morally upright citizens.