The provincial government on Friday expressed support for the Department of Educationâ€™s (DepEd) decision to block the Department of Healthâ€™s (DOH) initiative to distribute condoms in schools.
According to Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio, the provincial government favored the DepEdâ€™s stand in deeming the initiative inappropriate and moving to focus on delivering information on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) instead.
Damalerio also said that he personally is against the condom distribution in schools while several members of the Provincial Board and Tagbilaran City Council also previously protested the DOH initiative.
The provincial administrator noted that it would be better for respective departments to focus on conveying to students the downsides of early pregnancy and information on HIV.
On Monday, the DOH announced that it will no longer push through with the implementation of the measure following the release of the DepEdâ€™s stand.
The turnabout in the policy matter came after Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced that the department will not be involved in the DOHâ€™s plan.
Briones said that the DepEdâ€™s responsibility is to focus on reproductive health education and improve gender sensitivity. (Allen Doydora)