Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Anti-Hazing Law of the Philippines

Republic Act. No. 8049


Be enacted by Senate and House of Representatives of the 
Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. Hazing as used in this Act is an initiation rite or practice as a prerequisite for admission into membership in a fraternity, sorority or organization by placing the recruit, neophyte or applicant in some embarrassing or humiliating situations such as forcing him/her to do menial, silly, foolish and similar tasks or activities or otherwise subjecting him/her to physical or psychological suffering or injury.

The term organization shall include any club or the Armed Forces of the 
Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Military Academy, or cadet corps of the Citizen's Military Training, or Citizen's Army Training. The physical, mental and psychological testing and training procedure and practices to determine and enhance the physical, mental and psychological fitness of prospective regular members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police as approved by the secretary of National Defense and the National Police Commission duly recommended by the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Director General of the Philippine National Police shall not be considered as hazing for the purpose of this act.

SECTION 2. No-hazing or initiation rites in any from or manner by a fraternity, sorority or organization shall be allowed without prior written notice to the school authorities or head of organization seven (7) days before the conduct of such initiations. The written notice shall indicate the period of the initiation activities which shall not exceed three (3) days, shall include the names of those to be subjected to such activities, and shall further contain an undertaking that no physical violence be employed by anybody during such initiation rites.

SECTION 3. The head of the school or organization or their representatives must assign at least two (2) representatives of the school or organization, as the case may be, to be present during initiation. It is the duty of such representative to see to it that no physical harm of any kind shall be inflicted upon a recruit, neophyte or applicant.

SECTION 4. If the person subjected to hazing or other forms of initiation rites suffers any physical injury or dies as a result thereof, the officers and members of the fraternity, sorority or organization who actually participated in the infliction of physical harm shall be liable as principals. The person or persons who participated in the hazing shall suffer.

a.) The penalty of reclusion perpetual if death, rape, sodomy or mutilation results there from.

 b.) The penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become insane, imbecile, impotent or blind.

c.) The penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have lost the use of speech or the power to hear or to smell, or shall have lost an eye, a hand, a foot, an arm or a leg shall have lost the use of nay such member shall have become incapacitated for the activity or work in which he/she was habitually engaged.

d.) The penalty of reclusion temporal in its minimum period if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become deformed or shall have lost any other part of his/her body, or shall have lost the use thereof or shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance of the activity or work in which he/she has habitually engaged for a period of more than ninety (90) days.

e.) The penalty of prison mayor in its maximum period if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance of the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for more than thirty (30) days.

f.) The penalty of prison mayor in its medium period if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or capacitated for the performance of the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for ten (10) days or more, or that the injury sustained shall require medical attendance for the same period.
g.) The penalty of the prison mayor in its period if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance of the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged from one (1) to nine (9) days, or that the injury sustained shall require medical attendance for the same period.

h.) The penalty of prison correctional in its maximum period if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall sustain physical injuries, which do not prevent him/her from engaging in his habitual activity, or work nor require medical attendance.

The responsible officials of the school or of the police, military or citizen’s army training organization may impose the appropriate administrative sanctions on the person or persons charged under this provision even before their conviction

The maximum penalty herein provided shall be imposed in any of the following instances:
a.) When the recruitment is accompanied by force, violence, threat, intimidation or deceit on the person of the recruit who refuses to join;

b.) When the recruit, neophyte or applicant initially consents to join but upon learning that hazing will be committed on his person, is prevented from quitting.

c.) When the recruit, neophyte or applicant having undergone hazing is prevented from reporting the unlawful act to his parents or guardians, to the proper school authorities or to the police authorities, through force, violence, threat or intimidation;

d.) When the hazing is committed outside of the school or institution; or

e.) When the victim is below twelve (12) years of age at he time of hazing.

The owner of the place where the hazing is conducted shall be liable as an accomplice, when he/she has actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring. If the hazing is held in the home of one of the officers of members of the fraternity, sorority, group, or organization, the parent shall be held liable as principals when they have actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring.

The school authorities including faculty members who consent to the hazing or who have actual knowledge thereof, but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring shall be punished as accomplices for the acts of hazing committed by the perpetrators.

The officers, former officers or alumni of the organization, group, fraternity or sorority who actually planned the hazing although not present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed shall be liable as principals. Officers or members of an organization, group, fraternity or sorority's adviser who is present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed and failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring shall be liable as a principal

The presence of any person during the hazing is prima facie evidence of participation therein as a principal unless he prevented the commission of the acts punishable herein.

Any person charged under this provision should not be entitled to the mitigating circumstances that there was no intention to commit so grave a wrong.

This section shall apply to the president, manager, director, or other responsible officer of a corporation engaged in hazing as a requirement for employment in the manner provided herein.

SECTION 5. If any provision or part of this Act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other parts or provision thereof shall remain valid and effective.

SECTION 6. All laws. Orders, rules of regulations, which are inconsistent with or contrary to the provisions of this Act, are hereby amended or repealed accordingly.

SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

June 07, 1995


President of the 

Phi Omega Sigma Objectives

  • To promote peace, unity, and enhance student leadership.
  • To strengthen the confidence of the students in their works.
  • To encourage development of individuals in social and cultural aspect.
  • To participate on worthy understanding for the improvement of education.
  • To participate in cooperative ventures among members.
  • To be wisdom seeker.
  • To foster brotherhood and sisterhood among members and closer relationship among members of society.
  • To develop quality morale and acceptable character among members.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Organizational Overview

There are thousands of organizations, each with a specific purpose or goal. There are so many reasons why one should consider becoming part of an organization he or she believes in. By building an effective blog site, we hope to get our message out to a larger audience of people interested in similar issues.

– Benefits of Joining ...

We are always looking for people interested in joining our organization.

There are several benefits to becoming a member of our organization. Our members are indeed very close friends and have a really great time when we get together. Of course we also have a common interest, and we hope to further our cause.

Here we will explain the purpose of the organization which includes our mission statement:

 Organization Purpose ...

The purpose of this organization is to increase the popularity of our common interests. We hope to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger. Here as standard fraternities present their Greek symbols, colors, and logo/insignia and or crest within various and or certain coat of arms, Phi Omega Sigma’s usage of the coat of arms is the standard logo itself. 

No free love in our organization. Avoid unusual relationship with brods and sis which will be detrimental and will tarnish the image of the organization. Maximum for both of them is EXPULSION from the organization, PHI OMEGA SIGMA abhors and doesn't warrant exploitative character, opportunist, and taking advantage of the situation that will prejudice and tarnish the objective and image of the organization.

Phi Omega Sigma is a nonprofit, nonsectarian and nonpartisan organization.

Our Mission

Our mission is to further promote the interests of our organization and our members to the community. We strive to make a difference by educating the public and expanding our reach.

Who Can Join?

We invite anybody interested in the issues and topics we focus our efforts on to join. Phi Omega Sigma is very particular of QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. Members must be able to dedicate enough time to participate and make a difference in the organization. He or she must be willing to follow our traditional identity. To join, we need a completed application and minimal membership dues (ONLY college and graduate school students are allowed to join, preferably first or second year levels). The applicant must have an academic average grade of (3.0) or C upon application. Although we discreetly recognized and accepted brothers and sisters who were recruited at the time that they were already working and professionals, yet this practice should be minimized. Chapters who continue to recruit such applicants may discreetly initiate neophytes at their own risk. There's a need to screen the applicant and the following are to be considered: background, intelligence, friendliness, state of health, special talent and accomplishments. We invite you to visit us or attend an event. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join. Please contact us for more information on our different local chapters in your nearest area and for a copy of the application form as well. We highly assure you that all personal information will be kept safe and secured as per compliance to the law of the Republic of the Philippines.


Various & Assorted Photos (Local Chapters)

The true essence of brotherhood and sisterhood

“Why should I join a college fraternity?” is a question often heard on today’s campus. This is a legitimate question, and deserves thoughtful, honest answers.

The collegiate officers and members should clearly explained to the male and female aspirants/prospects the beauty of joining our organization such that, a college fraternity exists on the premise that man is by nature a social being and wants to associate with his fellow man. He cannot associate equally with all of them, or even many of them, but he may enjoy close relationships with some of them. A fraternity provides structure, an environment in which intimate friendships can flourish and lead to true brotherhood.

Members are drawn together by shared goals and common experiences. It is also more likely than not that a young man will find in a fraternity friends whose interests and backgrounds are different from his own. Learning to live in close relationships with members of a group is a thoroughly valuable experience. Social action requires organization, and fraternities are effective promoters of group activity because of their organization.

A college fraternity, not unlike any other worthwhile human institution, encourages its members to make a commitment to something outside themselves, to something larger than themselves. In a fraternity, commitment is directed, in part, to the programs of the organization, to the things the group does as a whole, but mostly it is a commitment to people - to friends.

As students make their commitment to others, a fraternity provides a structure within which this commitment can be carried out. Their dedication may be formalized in rituals of orientation and initiation, as well as during a renewal of these vows in formal meetings from week to week. Today’s society tends to label ritual as an outdated carry-over of “nineteenth-century hocus pocus,” however a ritual that is well done and seriously approached makes a profound impact upon those who participate in it.

They may also ask the purpose of having rituals. Ritual is but one way of expressing a fraternity’s ideals and aspirations. Closely associated with ritual is symbolism. Whether the student is ready to concede the point or not, we all live by symbols. Although it is true that some symbols have lost their meaning and are irrelevant to man in his present-day world, many symbols persist as graphic reminders of a man’s commitments in life. A fraternity’s name, badge, coat of arms, songs and publications, whether local or national, are symbolic and can have great value if a member is willing to permit his life to be touched by them.

Fraternities make possible a unique experience in living. The fraternity member knows that there are many things that only individuals can do, things for which no organization of people is necessary or even desirable. He knows too, however, that there are many worthwhile enterprises - on and off the college campus - that can best be accomplished by groups of people working together. Such cooperative effort is a hallmark of fraternity living.

That Fraternities provide abundant opportunities for self-development. Upon examination, members of the same fraternity may prove to be remarkably diverse in tastes and talents, in thought and behavior. It is indeed advantageous to the fraternity as a whole, if members are encouraged to exercise their talents, and make their personal unique contributions, to “do their own thing.” Each of them can find ways to empower the chapter and to develop his own potential as a member of the group. Members are afforded an opportunity to give of themselves in their own way. That is the road to self-realization. Moreover, a fraternity is a structured organization so opportunities for leadership are many.

From a fraternity the member can learn much that complements the instruction he receives in the classroom. In addition to encouraging good scholarship, a fraternity helps the member understand more about human relations and about himself. The lessons learned in this laboratory of social education can serve a man for a lifetime.

One purpose is that of sharing relations. By providing an "extended family relationship, membership makes the adjustment to college easier and quicker. A big sister is a special friend who helps in this early adjustment and is a special person to whom a new student can turn." . . . "Each fraternity and sorority provides close personal friendships, which endure over a lifetime." . . . "Fraternity is living and working and enjoying life with one's friends. The years of experience will be invaluable to the individual in his dealings with people the rest of his life. One learns to be a individual and at the same time relegate his doings to those of society."

A second purpose is increased loyalty to Alma Mater. "The loyalty developed in the institutions allows both alumni and undergraduates to work together to renew relationships to the organization and the college." . . . "Statistics show that fraternity members are the largest contributors and supporters of their Alma Mater. " . . . "For the college, fraternities play a significant role in maintaining a sense of identity and friendship for members which translates into loyalty to the institution when they become alumni."

A third purpose is to provide social activities. "The college fraternity often provides a core social activity on campus, provides the driving spirit behind many extra-curricular activities, and gives the institution a sense of spirit." . . . "The benefits of the system include sponsoring events for the entire campus."

A fourth purpose is service projects for the betterment of mankind. "The fraternity and sorority teaches the importance of service to the community and the college. It support numerous and varied philanthropic endeavors, serve as scout leaders, to participate volunteering activities in times of environmental crises such as typhoons, floods. Ready to share to the less furtunate in any forms of assistance and support.

A fifth purpose, and one cited even by all organizations as one of its most important purposes, is to develop intellectual vitality. "Self-discipline and supervised study are cornerstones of organizations and develop a solid reputation for acceptance on campus. The atmosphere of chapters fosters intellectual ideas." . . . "Fraternities and sororities promote high academic standards and achievement by providing programs in time budgeting, how to study, take an exam, etc." . . . "Sororities are firmly grounded in the precept that, above all else, commitment to academic work is the essence of the student's role at her selected college. This precept is placed into action through active scholarship programs, ranging from study hours to tutorials, from special help to orientation sessions. Fraternity and Sorority chapters further augment the efforts of the college itself by carefully orientation new pledges and members to resources available through the college, such as the counseling service or college tutorial center. Additional support materials and awards incentive programs are often provided from the national level as well."

A sixth purpose, is to provide outlets for inter-college associations and friendships. Membership allows undergraduates to share ideas with students on other campuses. Each fraternity and sorority is leadership conferences, both on regional and national level, to build undergraduate programming and professional guidance for leaders in each chapter." . . . "Fraternity membership provides a support system not only during college by beyond through Collegiate Chapters, alumnae chapters, national publications and networking programs".

A seventh purpose is to provide guidance for moral and ethical growth. "Members learn to take responsibility for conduct and behavior of members and to handle problems which may arise through proper and fair procedures, always providing due process." . . . "The fraternity joins with the College in setting reasonable standards for comfort, safety, and acceptable behavior." . . . "Anti-social behavior, lack of social discipline and gross social activity under the pretense of boosting college spirit must not be tolerated. Fraternity members should be committed to helping each other become more humane, competent, responsive, mature and committed to the development of awareness and understanding of the individual and the environments in which he lives." . . . "Each group has its individual ritual, but all of these rituals have the common thread of high ideals and honor. Sororities systematically challenge members to implement those ideals in everyday life."

The eighth purpose stated for fraternities and sororities is to provide opportunities for leadership. "The students involved in a college fraternity enjoy a sense of shared responsibility, self-governance, and financial self-sufficiency." . . . "Members learn leadership and followership." . . . "Chapter management and organization provide a climate for development of leadership skills and related areas of personal growth. Systematic officer training workshops provide know-how and personal skills. Goal-setting sessions at chapter meetings spill over to personal goal-setting even years after college. Leadership positions in undergraduate chapters increase personal self-confidence and readiness to enter the job market."