ILOILO CITY: A survey conducted by mass communication students of West Visayas State Uiversity’s College of Mass Communication among 100 taxi drivers here showed a high incidence of premarital sex among college and high school students and even elementary-school pupils are not spared.
A report on Survival Sex in Iloilo City by Professor Ma. Rosario Victoria de Guzman of the College of Mass Communication also showed rampant sex for pay especially during mid-term and final examinations.
The report was presented during a committee hearing conducted by the Sangguniang Panlunsod committee on women and family relations headed by city councilor Dylee Zulueta Salazar, task force on moral recovery headed by George Duron, city health office and city social welfare and development.
The committee is drafting a proposed ordinance regulating the operation of lodging houses, motels, inns and other similar establishments in Iloilo City.
Salazar said the committee is gathering inputs to be incorporated in the proposed regulation ordinance.
De Guzman said the survey showed 65 percent of those who frequent the lodges are of student age; 14 percent, father age; and 10 percent, grandfather age. Majority are students 12 to 24 years old.
The survey report showed that in one week, 63 taxi drivers brought the students to Katrina Lodge, 45 drivers to Anita, 44 to The Q, 43 to Sofia Lodge, 39 to Green Dragon Lodge, 31 to Queens Court and 8 to Moonlight Lodge.
Mostly wearing civilian clothes, the students or those going to the lodging houses have pick-up points in the vicinity of the University of Iloilo, Iloilo Doctors College, plazas, Arroyo Street, Mabini Street, Small Ville complex and the White House in Baluarte, Molo district.
The same survey showed that more than 50 taxi drivers brought an average of 31 customers everyday to the lodging houses, 16 drivers brought 10-15 customers during weekends and 18 drivers brought in more than 15 customers during special holidays.
De Guzman recommended that an ordinance be enacted to regulate operation of lodging houses, such as not allowing the entry of those 18 years old and below.
Other ordinances, she said should ban pornographic materials in malls and other areas in the city, R18 films, public display of affection in public places such as plazas, parks and malls and in public jeepneys.
Other recommendations include the strengthening of family ties, campaigning among the youth for “I Am Strong, I Am Responsible” program of the University of Asia and the Pacific and for “True Love Waits” and engaging in jobs and livelihood opportunities.
Conducting information campaigns on survival sex was also suggested.