DepEd on harassment, abuse allegations at PHSA: 'We do not tolerate abuse in any form'

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, July 11, disclosed the it sought the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the reports of emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse allegations in the Philippine High School for Arts (PHSA) in Los Baños, Laguna. 

(DepEd / Manila Bulletin)

“The agency does not tolerate abuses in any form. Under the strong leadership of Secretary Sara Duterte, DepEd will continuously promote a healthy and safe environment for our learners and teachers,” DepEd said in an official statement. 

Apart from tapping the NBI, the agency itself has begun its own investigation by seeking the assistance of its Child Protection Unit (CPU) and Child Rights in Education Desk (CREDe) to look into the reports in relation with DepEd’s Child Protection Policy. 

Meanwhile, DepEd urged the public to submit complaints concerning such abuses in PHSA to the school’s Committee on Decorum and Investigation for proper and further actions.