Ayala Alabang, Manila passes a ruling making it illegal to buy condoms without prescription.

Display of condoms in defiance at a protest in Manila for people "pro-health bill"

In a country where the Catholic church decides to play god fighting a health bill to help kerb the overflowing numbers of children being born into poverty as well as to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases this story has to be one of the saddest ones so far this year where Ayala Alabang in Manila has made it a legal requirement to have a prescription to receive condoms. On top of that advertisements of condoms has been prohibited in the area. All I can say is that the church must have its hand in this happening as the present government is looking to push forward with the health bill. It can’t afford not to with a growth rate in its population currently believed to be 2% but could be higher as well as at least 94million people. The figures could go higher as many people don’t register births due to the costs involved.

If your caught breaking this ordinance there is a fine of P115 as well as a risk of up to 6 months in jail.

In my time in the Philippines this is the most disruptive thing in the countries present society as its struggling to cope with the growth of its population already. People eating re-cooked garbage and scavenging through rubbish sites as well as the smog, high unemployment and issues of malnutrition I do wonder why the Catholic church is blocking this so hard. This is the one thing that can help lift the poor from poverty, the educated and the rich don’t sit around with giant families as they understand the value of education as well as family planning. The ones that suffer are the poor while the church more often than not sits in its Ivory towers looking down on its people struggling to survive. There is no mystery here smaller families means that there is more job opportunity as well as assists to raise standards of living. The 9 – 14 kid families may have worked before when a farmer needed hands for his family farm but these days people are living in tiny spaces in the cities struggling to find enough food for the table never mind save for the future or even medical bills. All I can assume is the church fears losing its grip on politics and the people at the same time looking from western eyes you can see how the church has lost its power over many parts of the world and its not just contraceptives but that people began to think instead of blindly follow. All I will say is one sentence “for peoples beliefs in religion would the person they follow without question being Jesus or god depending how you see.. would a man born in a stable and wonder the earth in cheap robes and very little worldly goods want to see the people suffer? Would he ask that huge churches be built in his name when he himself did not have one?”

5 comments for “Ayala Alabang, Manila passes a ruling making it illegal to buy condoms without prescription.

  1. dave
    February 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

    hope youcan hear me over the clapping

    • Tropicalpenpals
      February 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

      just wished more people shared your view 🙂

  2. Steve
    March 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    One of the reasons I have abandoned the Catholic Church – totally out of touch with reality!

  3. kevin
    July 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    i enjoy your blogs very much. Though i don’t think condoms are the solution to large families in the Philippines.
    Look at London; its huge gay population “is the most affluent and educated segment of the population”.
    Yet, according to the terance higgins trust, one in six are H.I.V. positive.
    Had the Catholic Church been a party to these shocking statistics, many thousands of the rent a mobs would be out on the streets accusing it of murder.
    Condoms encourage and pressurise people into sexual behaviour. When that becomes quickly the norm, they discover that actually, sex without a condom feels for men and women so much better.

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      July 3, 2011 at 1:56 am

      I agree its not the solution as the issue is education over everything else. I was discussing yesterday the fact the Church takes the blame for everything wrong here but that goes back to the victim mentality that is often used in this country. The fact is underage sex, unmarried sex, adultry, etc. is the norm here I can’t count the number of people I know who are married yet have different sexual or live in partners because they can’t get divorced and the marriage hasn’t worked out. At the same time Erap with his 6 mistresses as a president now there’s setting an example!

      In reality its personal responsibility and the problem is too many people don’t think or think without consequences. You will hear often “I am poor” and in the background see lots of kids in their family. In reality if it was me do you think I would have any kids if I was in that situation? I would happily die knowing I hadn’t brought any kids into this world of misery where eating garbage and struggling every day was the norm. Its nothing more than good education and an injection of common sense needed. The Church has interfered which is why this article is important as they have no right in politics.