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APO SOCSARGEN launches anti-hazing campaign

By Romy Martin

General Santos City (31 October) -- The Alpha Phi Omega International Service Fraternity and Sorority - South Cotabato - Sarangani Province - General Santos City (SOCSARGEN) Area launches its anti-hazing campaign with a motorcade around General Santos City on October 12, 2007.

Participated by more than a hundred members in cars and motorbikes, the motorcade kicked-off APO-SOCSARGEN's all-out campaign for the total eradication of hazing and the culture of violence.

In an interview with ABS-CBN General Santos's Weng Tumamao and Radyo Bombo's John Cailing, APO SOCSARGEN Section Chairperson Amrauzi Macalangcom said "the campaign aims to change the growing negative perception in the popular mind that APO, as are other fraternal organizations, has since become an anachronistic creature of time past and is now wholly irrelevant and completely devoid of meaning in contemporary social setting."

For his part, Alex Besas, president of APO-General Santos Alumni Association Maharlika Group, called on other fraternities and sororities to strictly adhere to the provisions of Republic Act 8049, or the Anti-Hazing Law.

"We encourage other fraternities and sororities to join our campaign. Let us observe the law and save the fraternity and sorority systems of the country from threats of abolition" Besas called.

Following the recent death of University of the Philippines Public Administration student Cris Mendez during the initiation rites of the Sigma Rho Law Fraternity, some quarters proposed to abolish fraternities and similar organizations. APO alumnus Mayor Jejomar Binay of Makati City opposed the proposal saying, among others that, the authorities must instead focus on the stricter implementation and amendment of the anti-hazing law.

APO SOCSARGEN has planned to follow-up its campaign by meeting school authorities and conducting anti-hazing symposiums in every college and university in the area. The Section Chairperson has also directed APO chapters to put on hold recruitment activities until chapter leaders are orientated with the APO Pledge Program, the comprehensive guide in the recruitment, orientation, training, and education of pledge members.

APO members from the Philippine National Police - Regional Office 12 and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology 12 support the campaign, together with San Miguel Beer Bottlers Philippines and Horton's Resto Bar, all of General Santos City. (APO 8202/PIA SarGen) [top]

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