No con­dom dis­tri­bu­tion yet – DepEd

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By MERLINA HERNANDO-MALIPOT

Fol­low­ing re­ports that the Depart­ment of Health (DoH) is al­ready eye­ing a re­gion to pi­lot-test its con­dom dis­tri­bu­tion in schools, Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Leonor Bri­ones main­tained that the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) has not re­ceived any com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the health agency nor has it given any go sig­nal for the project.

Bri­ones stressed that she would like to in­volve the en­tire Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (Ex­eCom) of DepEd in the “very sen­si­tive de­ci­sion on the de­bated pro­gram” be­fore an­nounc­ing its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Ear­lier, Bri­ones stressed that the con­dom dis­tri­bu­tion – should it be pushed through in schools – will not be a “mass event.” She fur­ther clar­i­fied that in the event of im­ple­men­ta­tion, “it will be at the level wherein stu­dents are ca­pa­ble of un­der­stand­ing and dis­cern­ing through the con­tin­u­ing age-ap­pro­pri­ate re­pro­duc­tive health ed­u­ca­tion in schools.”

DepEd Un­der­sec­re­tary for Cur­ricu­lum and In­struc­tion Dina Ocampo un­der­scored the im­por­tance of con­text and bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of chil­dren in all in­ter­ven­tions for learn­ers.

Ocampo, who is an Ex­eCom mem­ber, pointed out dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the 2nd Na­tional K to 12 Con­fer­ence that in­ter­ven­tions in­volv­ing chil­dren ne­ces­si­tates help­ing them un­der­stand the need for such ac­tions that will greatly af­fect their lives and well­be­ing.

‘Abor­ti­fa­cients’ Mean­while, church of­fi­cials urged Pres­i­dent Duterte to re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Supreme Court (SC) stop­ping the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Re­spon­si­ble Par­ent­hood and Re­pro­duc­tive Health (RPRH).

In a text mes­sage to me­dia, Malo­los Bishop Jose Oliv­eros ap­pealed to Duterte to wait for the fi­nal de­ci­sion of the SC on the le­gal­ity of the RPRH be­fore en­forc­ing its pro­vi­sions since it could af­fect the lives of the un­born.

“Duterte should re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Supreme Court which aims to sup­port the Con­sti­tu­tion on re­spect of hu­man life even from its be­gin­ning in the womb of the mother,” Bastes said.

“The TRO (tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der) is to avoid abor­ti­fa­cient con­tra­cep­tives,” he added.

In 2015, SC is­sued a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der (TRO) to re­strict Depart­ment of Health (DOH) from procur­ing, sell­ing, dis­pens­ing and ad­min­is­ter­ing con­tra­cep­tive im­plants. (With a re­port from Sa­muel P. Me­de­nilla)

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