Manila Bulletin

Church rejects DOH plan to distribute condoms in schools

- By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO

An official of the Roman Catholic Church opposed the plan of the Department of Health (DOH) to distribute condoms in schools and stressed that the move would only condone sexual activity among students.

“Distributi­ng condoms will only condone sexual activity among students,” Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippine­s Public Affairs Committee pointed out.

He said the government would only be wasting money by purchasing condoms.

“But even granting the students will, in fact, not engage in sex, for what pur- pose will the condom serve now?” said Secillano.

The DOH on Thursday revealed its plan to distribute condoms in schools nationwide to stop the spread of the Human Immunodefi­ciency Virus/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/ AIDS).

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said the distributi­on of condoms will start as soon as they have ironed out certain matters with the Department of Education.

Instead of distributi­ng condoms, Secillano urged the government to focus on educating the public regarding the dreaded disease.

“Yes, we need to address the rising number of HIV cases in the country, but the government should invest more in educating people about the perils of sporadic sexual activity rather than procuring and distributi­ng condoms,” he said.

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