DepEd did not approve DOH’s plan for condom distribution in schools.
Last December, it was reported that DOH proposed to extend the distribution of condoms to school clinics. They aim to reduce the rising number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) among the youth. (Read: Condoms to be distributed in schools next year -DOH).
In a news report today by ABS-CBN, Education Secretary Leonor Briones confirmed that the Department of Education did not support distribution of contraceptives.
She further explained that the decision was based on the analysis of their legal team on Supreme Court ruling on the RH Law, and President Duterte’s executive order on RH programs.
“We analyzed ano ang role namin sa program na ito… because these children are minors. Kailangan ng parental consent sa mga ganyang issue,” she said.
Briones also ensured parents who are not comfortable of the idea of condom distribution in schools.
“They (parents) can relax… there will be no condom distribution in schools,” she added.
DepEd is not totally disregarding DOH’s drive to enhance the sexuality education program to combat HIV-AIDS and early pregnancy . In fact, DepEd will create its own curriculum based on the UNESCO standard. This will be ready in time for the next school year.
DepEd is also considering following the sexuality education program of Singapore, where parents’ consent are seeked first if they want their children to take such subject.