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DOH urged to restudy plan to distribute condoms in schools

  • Written by Arlene Rivera
  • Published in Nation
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THE Department of Education (DepEd) has expressed apprehension over the plans of the  Department of Health (DOH) to distribute condoms in schools next year amid  rising number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases among the country’s youths.

The DOH will also urge parents to teach safe sex at home as part of the strategy.
   
DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali in a radio interview said they are still studying the move and schools in the country have education modules in sex education in early grades.   
   
“Tinuturuan naman ang mga estudyante kung ano ang good and bad touch para maprotektahan ang kanilang sarili sa paghipo o paghawak para aware sila to protect themselves,” Umali said.
   
The official explained that there are school subjects regarding reproductive system tackling the contraceptives and condom use.
   
But the move of giving condoms to students could  prematurely pique the curiosity of minors toward sex and lead to culture shock, Umali added.
   
“Parang imbes na hindi niya alam e binubuksan mo ang kaisipan ng isang bata sa sensitibong paksa or tantamount to sex policy. Baka ’yung simpleng pagbibigay ng condom at pagtuturo sa menor de edad eh masaklaw  natin ang right of parent na magturo ng sex education sa kanilang mga anak,” he added.
   
However, he said the department is still open but he reiterated that the DOH should carefully study their plans and instead think of a better solution to prevent problems of AIDS and HIV among the youth.