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?”