MANILA – Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, the Department of Health on Wednesday said it will push through with its plan to distribute condoms to students next year.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said DOH is targeting to distribute about 9 million condoms to health centers and schools beginning June 2017. The DOH is targeting students aged 15-24 in its condom distribution program.
Ubial said the DOH will have to come up with joint guidelines with the Department of Education (DepEd) before the condom distribution can proceed. The DOH chief said condoms can only be distributed to students who have undergone proper sex education.
The DOH said P50 to P100 million from the P3.35-trillion budget for 2017 has been allotted for the purchase of additional condoms for population control next year. The government has allocated a P1 billion fund for the country’s HIV-AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus – Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) program.