3 reasons why the ‘condom fix’ fails

TACLOBAN City, Feb. 13, 2017 – In the light of Education Secretary Leonor Briones’ objection to the distribution of condoms to highschool students, church-based organization continuously oppose the Department of Health (DOH)’s distribution of free condoms because of three reasons that show why it is not the solution to HIV and teen pregnancies.

Filipino high school students (Photo: CBCPNews)

Engr. Albert San Gabriel, coordinator of the Family and Life Apostolate (FALA) and pastoral counselor of Sto. Niño Church in this city since 2004, disclosed in an interview the danger of exposing senior high school students, who are technically minors, to the use of condom.

San Gabriel, who is also a member of Human Life International in the Philippines cited three reasons for his fear.

‘ABC’

“First, they do not know how to use it correctly; second, according to (Dr. CM) Roland’s latex study the condom has microscopic hole through which the human immunodeficiency virus can permeate; and third, since the young generations of today easily become curious with new discoveries, this will drive them to try it,” he speculated.

Fr. Raymund Sotto, spiritual director of FALA and St. Rafael the Archangel Parish priest, said, “Giving condom to schools is not the solution to the increasing issue on HIV and early pregnancy.”

The priest suggested the “ABC” method to counter the increasing HIV cases as well as teen pregnancies.

“Educate the students on the ABC method, A-abstinence from sex outside marriage, B=be faithful to one another and C-conversion of heart to the value of love and sacredness of sex as a gift of God in marriage,” explained Sotto.

For Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos, the distribution of condoms is hardly the solution to these youth issues.

“Selling or giving condoms to the youngsters is a terrible practice,” said the prelate. “We cannot correct a mistake by making another mistake.”

Parental consent needed

Recently, Briones decided against supporting the DOH’s distribution of free condoms as a means to curb the increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases among the youth.

Briones’ move came after the DepEd legal team’s analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on the Reproductive Law and President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order on Reproductive Health programs.

Securing parental consent on issues like this was one factor that prompted the DepEd to back off.

“We analyzed what our role is in this program because these children are minors. Parental consent is needed in this issue,” she said. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)