Pro- and anti-contraception debate in Ayala Alabang in deadlock after revised ordinance
(SPOT.ph) The Muntinlupa city council and Barangay Ayala Alabang officials have reached a stalemate after months of continuously opposing each other on the controversial condom ordinance, which was passed in January, and again on the revised ordinance that was passed on April 26, reports Newsbreak.
Unlike its predecessor, the Protection of the Unborn Child Ordinance of 2011, which requires from residents a prescription for condoms and other contraceptives, the new ordinance regulates its sale only to minors. Some of its regulations include: 1) vending machines and self-service facilities may not provide contraceptives unless they possess age-verifying mechanisms; 2) drugstores should warn potential customers how it is unlawful to sell condoms and contraceptives to minors; 3) customers need to show identification cards to confirm their ages.
However, those who opposed the first ordinance are once again resisting the second one, thus the status quo, reports Newsbreak. The Muntinlupa city council said in the report that the barangay would be usurping the powers of the Bureau of Food and Drug Administration (BFDA), the sole organization allowed to prohibit sale of contraceptives in the ordinance. Moreover, neither the BFDA nor the Department of Health installed age restrictions in the use of condoms and contraceptives.
Newsbreak also attempted to get in touch with Ayala Alabang barangay officials but they could not be reached for comments. According to the report, Muntinlupa councilor Raul Corro said that the city council is not the final arbiter on the matter and that the fate of the ordinance rests with the city prosecutor. "The power of review of the city council is limited to preparing amendments and modification," Corro said. However, according to Corro, barangay officials could also bring the matter up to the Supreme Court.
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