Health officials from the Quezon City government will be giving away condoms on Valentine's Day. They will target massage parlors, bars, and other entertainment establishments, according to a report from GMA News.
This action is planned, despite Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president and Jaro (Iloilo) Archbishop Angel Lagdameo's urge not to distrubute condoms during V-Day.
"The use of contraceptives affects the morality of our people and our society in general,” Lagdameo said Friday on the Catholic station Radio Veritas, adding that Filipinos instead should practice “abstinence, fidelity to one’s spouse and obedience to God’s will.”
Quezon City Health office head Dr. Antonieta Inumerable was quoted as saying that this aims to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), especially among men who have sex with other men. HIV may lead to the deadly Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is the leading causes of deaths in many parts of the world.
According to the report, the QC health office will distribute condoms in public areas like the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quirino Highway, Quezon Avenue, and Cubao.
Back in February 2012, then Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral was criticized by Catholic bishops for distributing condoms on Valentine's Day. Cabral did so as part of the government's anti-AIDS campaign.