Barangay Ayala Alabang just passed an ordinance requiring prescriptions to buy CONDOMS in an attempt to protect the “unborn child”. Each barangay can actually make its own rules in matters of licensing. But condoms? Will prescriptions lessen use of condoms? The residents might as well buy in another barangay. I speculate this is just to make a statement in support of the Catholic Church since there are many conservative families in Ayala Alabang. Perhaps Opus Dei? There is Woodrose School inside the village. So yeah.
Twitter reactions range from “will one need to see a doctor before having sex?” , “how will they know I am wearing condom?” and plans of selling condom in the black market. Ridiculous ordinance, is what most are saying.
Here is part of that ordinance :
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
CITY OF MUNTINLUPA
SANGGUNIAN BARANGAY OF AYALA ALABANG
BARANGAY ORDINANCE NO. 01
SERIES OF 2011
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF THE UNBORN CHILD WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF BARANGAY AYALA ALABANG; FIXING PENALTIES FOR ITS VIOLATIONS, AND, FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Be it enacted by the Sangguniang Barangay of Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This Ordinance shall be known as the Protection of the Unborn Child Ordinance of 2011.
SECTION 7. REGULATED ACTS
The pertinent provisions of Republic Act No. 5921 entitled AN ACT REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF PHARMACY AND SETTING STANDARDS OF PHARMACEUTICAL EDUCATION IN THE PHILIPPINES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES enacted into law June 21, 1969 are hereby incorporated into the Ordinance as an integral part thereof and are reproduced as follows:
“Section 37. Provisions relative to dispensing of anti-conceptional substances and devices. No drug or chemical product or device capable of provoking abortion or preventing conception as classified by the Food and Drug Administration shall be delivered or sold to any person without a proper prescription by a duly licensed physician.
The pharmacist in charge of a drug store or pharmacy after filling a prescription containing abortive or anti-conceptional substance or devices shall record in a separate register book for abortives and anti-conceptionals, the following data;
(a) Number and date of the prescription;
(b) Name and address of the physician;
(c) Name, quantity and manufacturer of the drug;
(d) Name and address of the purchaser;
(e) Date of filling the prescription; and
(f) Signature of the pharmacist filling the prescription.
In addition to the above provisions of Republic Act No. 5921, classifications of drugs or chemical products or devices that are abortifacients as defined in Section 4. Definition of Terms shall also fall under the regulatory provision of this Section.
Today, Senator Pia Cayetano, a resident of Ayala Alabang said “said their village council cannot simply “seize” the functions and responsibilities vested by law with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by making up its own definition of abortifacients to include drugs and medical devices such as hormonal pills, condoms and Intra-Uterine Devices or IUDs, which she said have already been approved and certified as safe and effective by the World Health Organization (WHO).”
In Twitter, many are amused, horrified and just stupefied. I just had to laugh as I curated these tweets. Just mind-boggling. See what they are talking about: