DO 20, s. 1991 – Prohibition of Fraternities and Sororities in Elementary and Secondary Schools Amended by DO 49, s. 1995 – Directing Information Campaign on Hazing Regulation Law

March 4, 1991
DO 20, s. 1991
Prohibition of Fraternities and Sororities in Elementary and Secondary Schools
To:   Bureau Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Superintendents
Presidents, State Colleges and Universities
Heads of Private Schools, College and Universities
Vocational School Superintendents/Administrators
1.   Recent events call attention to unfortunate incidents resulting from initiation rites (hazing) conducted in fraternities and sororities. In some cases, problems like drug addiction, vandalism, absenteeism, rumble and other behavior problems in elementary and secondary schools were found to be linked to the presence of and/or the active membership of some pupils/students in such organizations.
2.   Although Department Order No. 6, s. 1954 prohibited hazing in schools and imposes sanctions for violations, it does not ban fraternities/sororities in public and private secondary schools.
3.   Considering that enrolments in elementary and secondary schools are relatively small and students come from the immediate communities served, the presence of fraternities/sororities which serve as socializing agents among pupil/student-peers, is not deemed necessary. On the other hand, interest clubs and consider curricular organizations like the Drama Club, Math Club, junior Club, Police organization and other perform that same function and in addition develop pupil/student potentials.
4.   Effective upon receipt of this Order, fraternities and sororities are prohibited in public elementary and secondary schools. Penalty for non-compliance is expulsion pupils/students.

5.   Wide dissemination of and strict compliance with the Order is enjoined.

                                                                (SGD.) ISIDRO D. CARINO
Department Orders: Nos. (6, s. 1954) and 31, s. 1975
Allotment: 1-2-3-d—(M.O. 1-87)
To be indicated in the Perpetual Index
under the following subjects: