MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said it needs to thoroughly discuss with the health department the plan to distribute condoms in schools next year.
"Through the series of discourse, the Department will want to identify and study whether this move to arrest the epidemic is appropriate to cover schools and learning institutions, and if not, what are other measures that we can explore without compromising, first, the parents’ right and responsibility to educate their children against the dangers of engaging in pre-marital sex, and second, the State’s mandate to protect minors from any form of abuse," DepEd said in a statement.
Last week, the health department disclosed its plan to distribute condoms to schools in a bid to strengthen its sexual education drive.
DepEd said it continues to uphold the values rooted in the country’s culture and to enrich sex education within the framework of human rights, safety and well-being of learners through age-appropriate and developmental reproductive health education as early as Grade 1.
DOH spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag, said the move comes amid an increase in the number of younger Filipinos infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in recent years.