MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) appealed to parents, teachers, and the media to be vigilant to prevent abuse, exploitation, and discrimination against children, following alleged rape cases by students.
"The teachers’ commitment to instilling in children proper values and respect for fellow people must be complemented by the guidance of parents and guardians, and by the responsibility of media and of the community," it said in a statement issued Tuesday night.
DepEd issued the appeal after 3 reported rape cases where minors were involved.
"The burden of accountability and the necessity to ensure that they develop into upright and productive citizens, lie equally on the shoulders of the education system, the government, and the community," it added.
It cited the case of a 12-year-old student and her five schoolmates in Barangay Maysilo, Malabon, a Grade 10 student and five minors in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, and an 11-year-old student and four schoolmates in Ajuy, Iloilo.
DepEd said respective Schools Division Offices are working on gathering information to "assess the necessary actions to ensure that justice is served and rehabilitation is enforced."