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Monday, September 10, 2007

QC councilors mull sex education in local schools

First posted 15:32:29 (Mla time) September 08, 2007
Kenneth del Rosario
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines--In a bid to address population issues, the Quezon City government may soon issue a directive mandating schools in the city to include reproductive health and sex education in their curriculum.

Topics centering on responsible sexuality and reproductive health rights, once the ordinance is approved, would be taught to students from Grade 5 to 4th year high school in an "age-appropriate manner."

A budget of P12 million would be allocated by the city government for the implementation of the population and reproductive health management policy.

"Sustainable social development is better assured with a manageable population of healthy, educated and productive citizens," Councilor Joseph Juico, author of the proposed ordinance, said in a statement.

The proposed policy also calls for the prevention of abortion practices and unwanted pregnancies in the city. As provided by the measure, women seeking care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane and non-judgmental manner.

All city and barangay (neighborhood) health workers would undergo mandatory training in providing reproductive health care services to city residents, once the measure is approved. The city government would impose fines to violators of the policy: P1,000 for first-time offenders; P3,000 and P5,000 for second- and third-time offenders, respectively.