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7.5M adolescent students seen to benefit from sex education via RH bill

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MANILA, Philippines—With the reproductive health bill set to be signed into law by President Benigno Aquino, its principal author on Friday said the measure would benefit at least 7.5 million students in public schools who would be exposed to sex education.

Citing data from the Department of Education, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, who campaigned for the RH bill for many years, was referring to adolescents from Grade 6 to high schools.

“The mandatory age and development appropriate reproductive health education among the young as prescribed in the reconciled RH bill will initially benefit no less than 7.5 million adolescents,” he said in a statement.

“The number of beneficiaries would even increase if RH education would start at an earlier grade than Grade 6 because the period of adolescence starts at an age lower than those of 6th graders,” he claimed.

Lagman cited the RH bill provision defining adolescents as “young people between the ages of 10 and 19 years who are in transition form childhood to adulthood.”

“Since the young should not be deprived of RH education just because they are enrolled in private schools, it is expected that many private elementary and secondary schools would opt to teach reproductive health education to equally educate their pupils and students,” he said.

The provision mandating sex education was a major issue during congressional debates on the RH bill.

During the period of individual amendments, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez asked that “mandatory age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education” be taught starting “senior high school,” not Grade 6.

Rodriguez was concerned that starting with Grade 6 pupils might lead to “misunderstanding” on lessons pertaining to “sex, sexuality and reproductive health.”

“It’s irreparable if these children will misapprehend (the lessons),” he said.

But Lagman was adamant, saying starting sex education lessons among adolescents aged 16 or 17 would be “too late.”

As a compromise, he accepted a proposal to amend the provision, which now states: “Age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education shall be taught by adequately trained and qualified teachers.”

He also agreed to a proposal by Rodriguez to include the sentence: “Upon due notification by the Department of Education and private educational institutions through the principals in writing two weeks before classes start, parents shall be informed of the option of not allowing their minor children to attend classes pertaining to reproductive health.”

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  • antiscam

    Im so happy for the Filipino people. Thanks PNOY for helping to pass the RH Bill. For once we are finally moving forward.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    The CBCP fought HARD against sex ed for young kids. 

    The CBCP (and the RCC) have had history of pedophile priests in their ranks.

    Sex ed would make it harder for kids to be preyed on by pedophiles, as they would know that what was happening to them isn’t right, and they’d know who to call.

    I’m not going to say the two have any connection, but I’m certainly going to imply it, because why should the CBCP be the only side that gets to mislead people?

    • Jane Tan

      I think their excuse that sex-ed would prompt the young people to try it is stupid and flimsy when kids as young as 8 years old (or even younger) are already exposed to sex and p0rn. Frankly, I’d rather expose my kids to sex-ed than p0rn.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        u sure that sex ed will be no porn???US experience tells that…

      • Jane Tan

        The point is that they are already exposed to it, so why not add education? No matter how much most parents want it, we can’t possibly monitor every second of their lives making sure they won’t have sex. If you want to try, be my guest since all you’re doing is complaining and not offering anything helpful anyway.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        ignorance is different from innocence…

      • Jane Tan

        Innocence doesn’t last, and the most innocent are the ones who are more likely to fall. And ignorance, well… I’ve apparently met more people from different schools to know that sex-ed is definitely needed pre-highschool.

        I could give you an example of a well-known one in Metro Manila.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    —What is sex education and from where does it come? Many
    people believe sex education involves teaching our children what it means to be
    male or female; that sex education is used to instill in our children a proper
    sense of their role in the world; that it will teach them how men generally
    assume the role of the family head and provider and how women  generally assume the role of the family heart
    and nurturer. Sex education, when expressed in this light, is seen as something
    worthwhile.—When IPPF talks of sex education, it means something
    entirely different. To IPPF, sex education should teach the mechanics of sexual
    intercourse. it thinks sex education should promote the use of birth control
    during sexual intercourse for the express purpose of trying to avoid having a
    baby as a result of the natural procreative act.

    — Sex
    education is a development of the 20th century. For over
    1,900 years, people of the world lived and had children and grew old without
    the need for formal school courses in how to have sex. Somehow, they figured it
    out for themselves and the world not only survived, it flourished. Then, in 1915,
    the first sex education book appeared. it was titled What
    every boy and girl should know. The book was written by Margaret Sanger

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    —IN 1980s, MEXFAM pushed two films which it promoted as
    sex education films. These are the “The Blue Dove” and the “The Last Train”.
    The intention? increase sale of birth control products.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    —Flawed from the curriculum from the United States:

    —Children are asked to outline partner’s bodies and
    verbally label all parts including genitals and buttocks

    —Children are asked to make models of reproductive organs
    using ping pong balls, straw, paper cup, yarn and cellophane bag.

    —Children are forced to endure classroom sex education
    programs during latency are harmed.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    —In the book Let’s talk about S-E-X, Planned Parenthood
    of Central California tells 9 to 12 year olds: Though making babies is
    certainly important, it is not the main reason why couples have sexual

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    —In Straight Talk(for kids 4-7): It is perfectly
    normal for children of about the same age to engage in sex play with members of
    the same or opposite sex. The book goes on to tell parents: As with sex play,
    there’s no “right” way for a parent to respond to masturbation; but a child should
    not be made to feel guilty about her interest in her body. it’s perfectly OK,
    however, for a parent to help an older child, say four and older, find a
    private place for this activity.

  • boybakal

    7.5M adolescent students seen to benefit from sex education via RH bill….

    It means early sex, early pregnancy, single parent courtesy of RH Bill.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


      • boybakal

         Mas Lalo kang TANGA!!!! DEMONYO ka pa!!!

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        tanga ka rin…pakawala ng mga drug companies…

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      lagman simply wants to say, ok lang ang single parent…pero kung hindi pa kaya mabuntis, ipa abort na lang…and hospitals now can no longer reject those who have induced abortion…

    • joshmale2004

      They will be taught sex education and not pornograhpy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


    • boybakal

       Kampon ka ng Kadiliman, Demonyo ka. Umakyat ka na sa Impierno. Doon ka bagay di sa lupa.
      Ikaw ang SATANAS!!!! di si Cardianal.
      DEMONYO!!!!SATANAS!!!!!Wala kang modong demonyo ka!!!!

    • poltergeist_fuhrer


  • rodben

    Hope all the Public school teachers will undergo responsible sex education training on how to teach the students, otherwise Pinas become a PROSTITUTE AND RAPIST CAPITAL OF THE WORLD..

    • Jane Tan

      We’re kind of in 2nd place, next to Bangkok.

    • Tnosce

      ”  P E D O P H I L E  ” verbal abuse to a minor, corruption of a minor.

  • Stephen Christian Sy

    maybe they will be taught also how to avoid it.

  • Albert Einstien

    ORGY to the max yan…..

    sigurado pati CONDOM KUKURAPIN din…ng mga KKK……..P 2.500,000,000.00 BILYON pesos…(sa 2 pesos kd condom…1,225,000,000 BILYONG CONDOMS yan..ilan ba ang GAGAMIT e baka wal pang 100,000 na malilibog lol… )…… para LANG sa CONDOM at contraceptives…ORGY to the max…..why NOT give the MONEY to VICTIMS of PABLOand ONDOY ( calamities ) & HACIENDA LUISITA, MENDIOLA and MAGUINDANAO ( massacres )….o sa LIBRO at EDUKASYON ng kabataan o dili kaya sa mga kababayan na WALANG BANYO…mas marami na condom kesa banyo sa pilipinas….. : > )o dili kaya IBIGAY sa AFP..apat na F-16s fighter planes na yan.pang bugaw sa mga kadugoat kamag-anank ni Pnoy na CHINA… o kaya ibili na lang BIGAS at IBGAY sa MILYON-MILYON wanlang makain… o ipahiram sa mga SME’s para dumami negosyo at trabaho sa pilipinas para mgaOFW at migrante ay HINDI tumakas sa kahirapan sa ating bayan na dulot ng incompetence ng govt…. : >

    RH bill PRO-LIBOG yan….yun mga RApIST hindi naman gumagamit ng CONDOM …dapat ibigay na lang sa PNP budget sa condom pang-sugpo sa na pakataas na KRIMINALIDAD sa panahon ni pnoy…..so sad!

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    In Straight Talk(for kids 4-7): It is perfectlynormal for children of about the same age to engage in sex play with members ofthe same or opposite sex. The book goes on to tell parents: As with sex play,there’s no “right” way for a parent to respond to masturbation; but a child shouldnot be made to feel guilty about her interest in her body. it’s perfectly OK,however, for a parent to help an older child, say four and older, find aprivate place for this activity.


  • rinom

    iyan ang mali diyan,,, na dapat ang paguusap ay sa magasawa lang, idagdag narin natin ang doctor kung may karamdamam ang magasawa.

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