CBCP contemplating on whether or not to meet DepEd officials

June 14, 2010 8:35 pm 

MANILA, June 14 — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is contemplating on whether or not to meet officials of the Department on Education (DepEd) to discuss the issue on sex education.

CBCP president Bishop Nereo Odchimar said need to seek first the opinion of their legal department on the proposal of the DepEd.

“On the basis of the evaluation of the legal department that will be sent to the corresponding Episcopal Commission for study like the Episcopal Commission on Catholic Education then Episcopal Commission on the Family,” he said, in an interview over Radio Veritas 846.

The Tandag prelate said they have to study the implications of the DepEd policy.

“If it is being legislated or if it’s going to be a government policy so you will have to look at it, the provisions, then we can make our position,” he said.

Earlier, Education Secretary Mona Valisno said they intend to sit down with some prelates to discuss the controversial program, which is funded by the U.N. Population Fund.

The program will be initially tested in 80 public elementary and 79 high schools, starting with grade five pupils aged 11-12.

However, she said that the policy will not include information about artificial contraceptives, which the Catholic Church totally opposing.

The pilot testing of the Adolescent Reproductive Health program will be integrated in regular subjects including science and health, English and physical education.

Church leaders expressed opposition in teaching sex education in public elementary and high schools as it promotes promiscuity among the youth and early practice of sexuality outside marriage. (PNA) LOR/FGP/utb

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