DAGUPAN CITY — A resolution of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Ifugao expressing vehement objection to a program of the Department of Health (DOH), particularly the distribution of free condoms in secondary schools nationwide was referred to the Dagupan City council for its information and appropriate action.
The matter was calendared in last Monday’s session of the SP presided over by Vice Mayor Brian Lim but the majority floor leader deemed to refer it to the Committees on Health and Sanitation and on Education for proper study.
The chair of the committee on health and sanitation of the Dagupan SP is Councilor Dennis Canto.
Resolution No. 2012-27 of the SP of the province of Ifugao in Lagawe is entitled “Expressing vehement objection to the program of the Department of Health, particularly the distribution of free condoms in secondary schools nationwide, as a means to avert the rising cases of immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the country”.
It is a fact that a sector of the country’s population, identified with pro-life advocacy is against the distribution of free condoms to high school students by DOH.
The Catholic Church, which is against birth control, is also opposing the move.
However, the advocates of reproductive health hail the program and endorse it.
The DOH earlier said the move is one way of preventing AIDS which has now spread worldwide, not sparing the Philippines.
The committees on health and sanitation and on education of the Dagupan SP has yet to draft a proposed resolution on the matter. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com