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Students at Palawan State University (PSU) in Puerto Princesa City had a taste of what a class on reproductive health should be like if it were health columnist Dr. Margie Holmes and reproductive health (RH) law campaigner Carlos Celdran handling the course.
“Masturbation isn’t bad, it is fun you should even try it … and why haven’t you asked yet about oral sex?” Holmes quipped as she replied to a question from a student in a forum organized last month by the nongovernment organization Ugat ng Kalusugan.
The group, part of the policy lobby doing the round of the provinces to push for the implementation of the RH law which is currently the subject of debate in the Supreme Court, stressed that the point of having an open discussion with students about sex “is to confront the problems head-on and find meaningful solutions.”
“Teenage pregnancy on the PSU campus, a typical state university, is consistently on the rise and it’s a problem the school does not and cannot adequately handle,” said Susan Evangelista, a former faculty member who is now an RH advocate.