Palace tells DepEd to consult bishops on sex education

The Department of Education (DepEd) should "consult" the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) before implementing sex education in schools, says Executive Sec. Leandro Mendoza, according to a GMANews.tv report.

The CBCP earlier said they plan to block sex education from being part of the school curriculum, according to PhilStar.com. "The position of the CBCP even before is that [sex education] should be left to parents especially if we are talking about children who are underage," said Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, CBCP Media Office Director, according to the CBCP website.

According to a CBCP official, sex education should begin in college, not in elementary as the DepEd planned. "That is the time [when] we could say that the children are more mature to handle such topic," Fr. Conegundo Garganta, CBCP Commission on Youth executive secretary said in an article posted on the CBCP website on June 2.

A day after Garganta's statement was posted, DepEd Sec. Mona Valisno told dwIZ radio, as quoted by GMANews.tv, that sex education would be part of science subjects of fifth and sixth graders. This is despite Department of Health Sec. Esperanza Cabral's earlier recommendation that sex education be taught as early as kindergarten.

The DepEd is expected to disclose their findings about their sex education program implementation during the school year 2009-2010 before the new school year opens on June 15.

Valisno told dwIZ radio that artificial contraception, which the CBCP opposes as well, is not included in the program.

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