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Rep Almario opposes inclusion of sex education in elementary level

By Neela Duallo

City of Mati (28 September) -- Herself alarmed of the possible implications and its ill-effects, Davao Oriental 2nd District Representative Thelma Z. Almario strongly opposed the inclusion of sex education in the curriculum of elementary education.

In a letter to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Almario stressed some valuable points to her strong objection.

She said that sex education in the primary level has brought adverse effects in the young minds of the pupils, and impairing their innocent minds on their perception towards the supposed "inherently beautiful, natural, spiritual, dignified, and emotional content of human sexuality".

Almario also pointed out that in Filipino culture, elementary pupils are not mature enough to be exposed to sex education, and their minds are young enough to absorb the real essence of sex education.

Sex education can instead, be given to the students in secondary education.

"The time and resources spent for sex education should instead, go to the major subjects like English, Mathematics, and Science and Technology where students have proven to be doing poorly", she said.

She reiterated that said subjects are more important and more helpful in enhancing their academic performance and intellectual capacity.

Moreover, she also explained that sex education has failed to answer the perennial problem on population explosion, and the alarming increase of teen-age pregnancies.

As such, Almario appealed to the President and to the people as well, for concrete actions, as initiated by the Catholic Community.

In a recent Regional Assembly of the Family Life Apostolate held in Malaybalay City and attended by various dioceses in Mindanao, a resolution was adopted "urging the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines For the Immediate Suspension, Revision/Modification of the Present Pornographic Subject on the Human Reproductive System in the Curriculum of Grade School Pupils".

Attending the Regional Assembly were the Archdiocese of Davao, and Dioceses of Cagayan, Tandag, Sorsogon, Cotabato, Iligan, Dipolog, Malaybalay, Pagadian, Tagum, and Mati.

Congresswoman Almario also revealed that she already raised the matter to Education Sec. Jesli Lapuz.

The Secretary said he will take up the matter with Msgr. Fernando Capalla of the Archdiocese of Davao. (DXHM Mati/PIA XI) [top]

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