BALANGA CITY: The Bishop of Bataan on Tuesday registered strong opposition to the distribution of condoms in schools, saying a mistake cannot be corrected by another mistake.
“Giving condoms or pills is just encouraging immoralities and illicit affairs,” Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga said.
Santos is permanent member of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.
The bishop was reacting to a plan of the Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with the Department of Education to distribute condoms in schools in view of rising HIV/AIDS cases in the country.
“To prevent teenage pregnancy, educate our youth and safeguard them from social media that promote sex and violence,” the Bataan prelate explained the CBCP’s stand against the DOH plan.
He said parents play a big role in the upbringing of their children.
“Be strict by giving curfew or [restricting]use of the Internet and cellphones,” Santos suggested.