RH bill protects young
people from internet pornography, says RH supporter
By VIGIE BENOSA-LLORIN
QUEZON CITY – Amid
sex video scandal involving celebrities, a non-government organization
supporting the highly controversial “Reproductive Health and
Population Development Act of 2009” that proposes age-appropriate
responsible sexuality education, found an ally in no less than the Malacanang’s Executive Secretary himself.
Ramon San Pascual,
Executive Director of the Philippine Legislators Committee on
Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD) lauds Sec. Eduardo
Ermita for admitting to media that he is pushing for sex education.
In news reports, Sec. Ermita said that sex education help prevents
unwanted pregnancies. Further, Sec. Ermita said that Pres. Arroyo is
endorsing sex education for the benefit of our younger people.
advocates welcome this statement of support on sexuality education,”
San Pascual said. “Mandatory age-appropriate responsible education is
one of the main features of the reproductive health bill,” added San
Pascual. Unfortunately, some officials of the Catholic church are
contesting this provision laments San Pascual.
Some officials of the
Catholic church does not want adequately trained teachers discussing
responsible sex education to young people as they want to leave this
responsibility to the parents alone. In the RH bill, parents as much
as the school system will have a joint responsibility in molding
children to become responsible in their behaviors and help prepare
them into adulthood.
“The youth of today
are easily influenced by their peers and the media in matters of sex,”
said San Pascual. “They are internet savvy and much more
technologically advanced. A parent who is less equipped with moral
sense and without much familiarity with computer technology, and at
the same time busy raising income for the family, would most likely
not able to protect their child from being exposed to pornographic
materials proliferating in the net,” warns San Pascual.
Contrary to what the
oppositionists claim, the proposed adolescent reproductive health
education does not only provide information to prevent unwanted
pregnancies but also includes formation of attitudes, beliefs and
values on sexual development, sexual behavior and sexual health.
youth with proper information and values is important to help them
make responsible decisions on sex. We urge lawmakers to heed the call
of not only the officials of this country, but more so, of the
majority of Filipino people who demands the access to comprehensive
reproductive health services,” San Pascual concluded.