The Department of Health will push through with its plan to distribute condoms to students next year despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church.
The DOH plans to distribute about 9 million condoms to health centers beginning June 2017 according to health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.
In connection to the DOH’s condom distribution program, they will also distribute to schools, especially students who are 15-24 years of age.
Like all government programs, Ubial says that joint guidelines with the Department of Education (DepEd) will have to be made before the condom distribution can proceed.
The DOH chief says that students will have to undergo proper sex education. Only then can they distribute to students.
Strong reasons for the condom distribution program are population control and the prevention of HIV-AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus – Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)
From the country’s P3.35-trillion 2017 budget, P50 to P100 million has been allotted for the purchase of additional condoms for population control and P1 billion for the country’s HIV-AIDS program.