The current trend on sexual education seems to be pushing for educating students which is something that is badly needed in the Philippines. Although a major taboo subject still in a Catholic country with a high child mortality rate which currently sits at 230 deaths of women for every 100,000 live births. Compared to 110 in Thailand, 62 in Malaysia and 14 in Singapore. Biggest causes of death haemorrhage, sepsis, obstructed labour, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, and complications of unsafe abortion most of which can be dealt with via education and early diagnosis. As well as the obvious problem of over population growth that also doesn’t just put a strain on the families but also that only 60 percent of the births in the Philippines are supervised by a skilled birth attendant, who can be a physician, a nurse or a midwife with 18 months to two years of adequate training. What is not accepted in this definition is a traditional birth attendant who have had no formal training.
I will be interested to see how this goes as currently using the Pill or condoms is equated with abortion, which is illegal. As a result, contraception is not available in most government and rural health clinics. Because of the close links between the Catholic church and the government. This health bill will be one of the most important things to happen in recent Philippines history if it begins a change that can bring down population growth and reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancies. But at the same time I think the family values has to be enforced as well. The Church and government should be working together for the good of the people.