Why The Philippine Government Is Right in Cutting the Budget for Contraception

Recently, Health Secretary Janette Garin told the press that the budget for contraceptives has been scrapped. As if the tensions were not big enough during the discussion on the RH Bill, this decision took the conflict to a whole new level. It is a classic clash between the conservatives and the liberals, definitely much more entertaining to see than a 10v10 Clan War on Clash of Clans (a popular online mobile game). The liberals, who claim to be open-minded, are pissed and they are not taking this well. If you are a liberal who claims to be open-minded, then open your mind to this: the government made the right decision, and chances are you will not like what I have to say! Oh, and this is long. Do not proceed if you are sensitive to “political correctness” because you are merely comfortable with your own set of ideologies!

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“Why should the government sponsor the sinful life of premarital sex to stop HIV when it is the sinner’s own fault? To say it in another way, why would I pay (tax) to give some careless guy a condom so that he can screw someone else? If you want to lead a sinful life, go ahead, but don’t do it at the expense of someone else’s money!” Normally, that is what any conservative would say, but this one does not do much good if it would turn people off from reading this at the start, knowing liberals are allergic to anything that has something to do with religion and capitalism. So let us forget the word “God” and “sin” for a while to give them a chance to catch their breath and tackle each problem on its own, excluding special instances such as HIV transmitted through sex within marriage and HIV transmitted through birth.

If having premarital sex, often with more than one partner before marriage, can increase the probability of transmitting HIV, then abstaining from premarital sex can guarantee 100% that HIV would not be transmitted. Simple common sense logic, right? Let us complicate it, courtesy of liberal lifestyle. Liberals do not really have that amount of discipline; otherwise, this problem would have been solved a long time ago. So, the liberals made a COMPROMISE, and this is called CONTRACEPTION. They started inventing condoms, pills, and many other unnecessarily unnatural ways to make sure that sex is as “safe” as it can get, but there are two problems: it costs money and it is not 100% effective. The number bounces around 95-99% at best. Condoms, which costs money, sometimes do not work. Pills, which costs money, sometimes do not work. That one instance of “sometime” is all it takes to transfer HIV from one person to another. Abstinence is 100% effective and costs absolutely nothing, and that is a BIG fact that liberals can never deny! While some would say that promoting abstinence will not work, that it is a “far-fetched solution”, all it really takes is discipline, and discipline is what is far-fetched!

Liberals would argue that the increase in teenage pregnancy and HIV is due to a lack of sex education. “Contraceptives are 95-99% effective; abstinence will always be 100% effective”. What more sex education does anyone need? Obviously, sex education is not really the problem. Common sense and discipline, sadly lacking among Filipinos, which is partially responsible for our poverty, are the root causes of why abstinence continues to fail. I am not surprised that particularly, liberals lack discipline. They crave instant gratification, which is the same reason why obese people would rather believe in this crap called “body positivity” and promoting that sugarcoated lie instead of working out to be fit, but let us not stray out of topic.

Another problem among some of the poor Filipinos is that sometimes, even if you educate them, they themselves refuse to be educated, and this leads them to make poor decisions again and again. There is nothing more you can do for them, except let them suffer the consequences and hope that they can finally learn on their own. In case some of you may still doubt the existence of people who abstain from sex before marriage and whether it is effective or not, ask a legitimate, faithful, honorable, and honest Christian or Muslim and ask them whether they have HIV despite abstaining from sex before marriage, taking into consideration of course our previously preset exclusions. I must warn you though that these people are very hard to find. They probably do not subscribe to the crap you watch on local TV, which probably influenced you a lot together with your neighbors who suck up to American liberal ideologies, but if you do find these good people, ask them nicely, and you may even unconsciously repent on your sins. Be like these people who are ready to help anyone in need for as long as they repent.

Research suggests that promoting contraception is more effective than promoting abstinence. That is true so far! Take note that the key word here is “promote”, which is different from actually doing it. It makes a BIG, BIG difference! You can advertise your product to “promote” it to customers in the hopes that it would turn into sales, but you can never force them to buy it. Whether the customer buys or not is dependent on their discipline and their ability to make a decision, in which they suffer the consequences of their decision or indecision, but just because promoting contraception seems more effective than promoting abstinence right now does not mean that we should promote contraception all the way and just scrap the idea of abstinence. It just means that we should promote abstinence better! Why settle for a compromise instead of a solution? Compromise…este contraception is not 100% effective. Abstinence is 100% effective and costs absolutely nothing. If the people we need to help are the poor, what more do you want?

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Vladimir Santos is a divergent writer. He avoids government-level politics. Instead, he promotes modern conservatism as a means to solve societal issues innate within Filipinos. If an article you see is not about bashing a politician, it's probably his.

37 Comments on “Why The Philippine Government Is Right in Cutting the Budget for Contraception”

    1. That’s exactly why your HIV/AIDS prevalence rates are sky high. The Philippines has one of the lowest prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. So thanks but no thanks. Keep your condoms to your “liberal and liberated West”.

      1. You’re ignoring the reality of the Philippines having one of the highest increases in HIV infection rates in recent years, and the fact that liberal countries (such as the Netherlands, have decreasing HIV rates.

        The HIV rates in Italy (seat of the Vatican) are increasing. In some cases, the HIV rate of increase in conservative Catholic countries (such as Italy and the Philippines) is actually higher than the increase in conservative Muslim countries.

      2. Ana, you are misleading your nation. You use numbers instead of percentages. When you talk about rates from the World health Organization. The Philippines is averaging official stats from your own country and numerous agencies of 21 new cases a day. That number when compared to the percentage of people in the Philippines is very scary.

        1. You guys are the ones trying to mislead our nation. All you have to do is check the statistics from the CIA and you will find that the Philippines ranked 162nd out of the 168 countries surveyed on HIV/AIDS prevalence. We have a prevalence rate of LESS THAN 0.1%. It’s one of the LOWEST in the world. So if the West’s condom policy really worked, how come they’re some of the ones that have the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world? Estonia is 40th, Latvia is 57th, United States is 66th, Argentina is 68th, Chile is 69th, Austria is 73rd, France is 76th, Belgium 86th, Canada is 91st, Australia is 105th… and again the PHILIPPINES IS 162nd. So please, before you recommend “what worked in the West”, make sure first that it REALLY worked. Otherwise, don’t fix what ain’t broke.

          https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2155rank.html

          HIV/AIDS – ADULT PREVALENCE RATE (From highest to lowest):
          1. Swaziland
          2. Botswana
          3. Lesotho
          4. South Africa
          5. Zimbabwe
          6. Namibia
          7. Zambia
          8. Mozambique
          9. Malawi
          10. Uganda
          11. Kenya
          12. Tanzania
          13. Gabon
          14. Equatorial Guinea
          15. Cameroon
          16. Central African Republic
          17. Democratic Republic of the Congo
          18. Togo
          19. Republic of the Congo
          20. Nigeria
          21. Chad
          22. South Sudan
          23. Cote d’Ivoire
          24. Rwanda
          25. The Bahamas
          26. Guinea-Bissau
          27. Suriname
          28. Belize
          29. Haiti
          30. Jamaica
          31. Burkina Faso
          32. Sierra Leone
          33. The Gambia
          34. Ghana
          35. Trinidad and Tobago
          36. Djibouti
          37. Ethiopia
          38. Guinea
          39. Burundi
          40. Estonia
          41. Benin
          42. Thailand
          43. Guyana
          44. Mali
          45. Mauritania
          46. Russia
          47. Cape Verde
          48. Liberia
          49. Mauritius
          50. Barbados
          51. Ukraine
          52. Guatemala
          53. Niger
          54. Panama
          55. Dominican Republic
          56. Honduras
          57. Latvia
          58. Papua New Guinea
          59. Portugal
          60. Senegal
          61. Somalia
          62. Burma
          63. Cambodia
          64. El Salvador
          65. Eritrea
          66. United States
          67. Uruguay
          68. Argentina
          69. Chile
          70. Colombia
          71. Venezuela
          72. Vietnam
          73. Austria
          74. Belarus
          75. Ecuador
          76. France
          77. Italy
          78. Kyrgyzstan
          79. Malaysia
          80. Moldova
          81. Peru
          82. Spain
          83. Sudan
          84. Switzerland
          85. Bahrain
          86. Belgium
          87. Bermuda
          88. Bhutan
          89. Bolivia
          90. Brazil
          91. Canada
          92. Costa Rica
          93. Iceland
          94. India
          95. Indonesia
          96. Ireland
          97. Laos
          98. Libya
          99. Luxembourg
          100. Madagascar
          101. Nepal
          102. Paraguay
          103. Tajikistan
          104. United Kingdom
          105. Australia
          106. Cuba
          107. Denmark
          108. Georgia
          109. Greece
          110. Iran
          111. Israel
          112. Kazakhstan
          113. Mexico
          114. Netherlands
          115. Nicaragua
          116. Sweden
          117. United Arab Emirates
          118. Yemen
          119. Morocco
          120. Azerbaijan
          121. Bosnia and Herzegovina
          122. Brunei
          123. Bulgaria
          124. China
          125. Comoros
          126. Fiji
          127. Finland
          128. Germany
          129. Hong Kong
          130. Hungary
          131. Iraq
          132. Jordan
          133. South Korea
          134. Kuwait
          135. Lebanon
          136. Lithuania
          137. Macedonia
          138. Malta
          139. New Zealand
          140. Norway
          141. Oman
          142. Pakistan
          143. Poland
          144. Qatar
          145. Romania
          146. Serbia
          147. Singapore
          148. Slovenia
          149. Taiwan
          150. Turkmenistan
          151. Uzbekistan
          152. Afghanistan
          153. Bangladesh
          154. Croatia
          155. Cyprus
          156. Czech Republic
          157. Egypt
          158. Greenland
          159. Japan
          160. Maldives
          161. Mongolia
          162. Philippines
          163. Saudi Arabia
          164. Slovakia
          165. Sri Lanka
          166. Syria
          167. Tunisia
          168. Turkey

        2. Ana, you changed the websites to back up your thinking. You went from official medical websites that do not support your numbers to a USA spy agency website. Also the CIA website you mention also shows that there were almost no HIV/AIDS rates in the Philippines in the year 2009. Do you believe this country just in 7 years became this infected. If you believe your own website. You should be scared to death of a an increase that big in less than ten years. My question, which do you believe the website you quoted and its facts?

        3. @Anna: Wow, you sure have a knack for deliberately ignoring the difference between “prevalence” and “rate of increase.” It’s the same deliberate ignorance that anti-vaxxers use when it comes to other diseases.

        4. I sense a major case of cognitive dissonance here. You refuse to accept facts from reputable agencies but you don’t present any studies refuting the figures I presented. If you find a survey showing that the Philippines has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world, please do share it here for everyone’s benefit 🙂

  1. Seryoso ka ba, Ginoong Author? Hindi abstinence ang solusyon sa problemang ‘to. EDUKASYON.

    Ni hindi nga alam ng MARAMING kababaihan dito, may asawa man o wala, kung ano ang orgasm, ang exploration sa sarili nilang katawan, ang pahalagahan ang sexual health nila. Sa’n ba natututo ang mga lalaki at babae rito ng tungkol sa sex? Kadalasan sa nagkalat na mga mahahalay na tabloid at mga murang porn DVD na lahat ay mali at hindi appropriate ang laman lalo na sa mga kabataan.

    Iba na ang mga kabataan ngayon. Noon, hindi nagtatanong sa mga magulang ang mga anak nila tungkol sa sex, pa’no pa ngayon? Sa palagay mo pa’no sila mag-a-abstain kung ni hindi nga nila alam kung bakit nila kailangang gawin yun? Aasa na lang ba tayo sa sinasabi ng simbahang makasalanan ang pre-marital sex at masturbation? Napakaignorante naman nun.

    Kung may proper sex education sa mga eskwelahan, mas magkakaroon ng pagkakataong malaman ng mga kabataan ang mga karapat-dapat nilang malaman ukol sa sex. At ang matuto nang tama ukol sa sex ay hindi nangangahulugang binibigyan mo ng go signal ang mga kabataang maghanap agad ng makaka-sex nila at maging imoral. Mas imoral ang hayaang makipagtalik nang walang alam tungkol sa safe sex at sexual health ang mga kabataan at mabuntis at mapako sa kahirapan dahil hindi na sila makapag-aral dahil may responsibilidad na sila bilang magulang.

    Hindi mali ang makipag-sex. (At hindi ko sinasabing sinabi mo ‘yun.) Natural ‘yon. Kailangan lang na responsable ka sa katawan mo at sa magiging (mga) partner mo. Dapat mabigyan ng karapatang pumili ang bawat Pilipino kung ano’ng gusto nyang gawin sa sex life nila, kung mag-aabstain ba o hindi.

    1. kung walang sex, walang tao sa mundo. wala tayo dito. walang nagsulat ng article at walang nagkokoment. yun lang yun. ewan ba kung bakit pag napasukan na ng relihiyon o moralidad kuno e biglang nagiging marumi ang sex. mga siraulo. imbes tuloy na maituro ng tama sa mga tao e nagiging mas bobo pa dahil sa kaipokritohan ng mga banal kuno.

  2. Well, teach the kids abstinence. This has failed in any society. There has ever been premartial sex and there will ever been. This is reality and you can’t change that.

  3. What you think OUGHT to work is irrelevant.

    Telling people to abstain from sex is like telling them to abstain from eating. It doesn’t work. It never works. Giving out free condoms, for all it’s downsides, DOES work. The Philippines is a very promiscuous society, despite all the religious hypocrisy, and in that environment HIV is likely to rampage out of control as it did in Africa. If a few $ for free condoms is all that’s required to keep a lid on it, then that’s what the government should be doing.

    As for contraception/overpopulation, the stumbling block here is the Catholic Church, which is still teaching people that it’s sinful to not procreate like roaches.

    As Robert Haighton often points out, contraception need not actually cost anything if you know a bit of basic biology. All that’s needed there is some education, which you also seem to oppose on ideological grounds. Fortunately for you, the government agrees with you: education is a bad thing.

    Incidentally, I’m appalled that a student of economics uses “it costs money” as an argument. Don’t they teach you about cost/benefit at school?

  4. I have read the article and the comments, and while I think the author is right in preaching abstinence, it is but partial truth. Abstinence without a solid moral reason to do so is simply avoiding sex – to run away from it if need be. But the Christian virtue of chastity is what is necessary, and chastity is so much more than just simply abstaining from sex; it is the commitment to using sex the right way (in marriage, for procreative and unitive purposes, that is.)

  5. People refuse abstinence because they don’t like it.Period. They don’t want discipline. They want sex as much as they want to eat. Abstinence make sense! Period. I like this article obviously how it is justified abstinence to avoid HIV. Cost effective. Much more I can say?

      1. World Health Organization (WHO) says 1 out of 5 condoms fail in preventing transmission of HIV/AIDS. Whether we like it or not, there are only two fool-proof ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS: (1) abstinence if you’re single and (2) faithfulness to your spouse if you’re married. That’s the only “safe sex” there is. Condoms FAIL.

        1. In the 1980s, the first cases of HIV in Thailand and the Philippines were reported. Thailand promoted “safe sex,” meaning condom use and sex education, while the Philippines promoted chastity and faithfulness to one’s spouse. In 2012, Thailand was the 38th most infected country in the world, while the Philippines ranked 155th. In the data from WHO and UNAIDS we are 162nd out of 169 countries surveyed, while Thailand ranked 42nd. That’s a huge difference there. And what’s more, while 1,100,000 Thais are infected with HIV, “as of January 2013 the DOH AIDS Registry in the Philippines reported only 10,514 people living with HIV/AIDS.” We have one of the LOWEST prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS in the world (you can Google the list). Of course we want to reduce these numbers to zero, but compared to Thailand, the Philippines has undoubtedly been doing something right, and trying to follow in the footsteps of Thailand would surely put our previous efforts to waste. Let us continue to promote only the two sure-fire ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS: (1) Abstinence if you’re not yet married and (2) Faithfulness to one’s spouse.

        1. But you just cherry picked the entire WHO premise of combination of approaches. Sure, 1 in 5 fail, but that 1 decreases further with multiple approaches.

          http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/JC2007_Combination_Prevention_paper_en_0.pdf

          And you haven’t factored in the fact that HIV rates in key cities in the Philippines are increasing due to shared IV transmission (not sex), as I described in my article. Does Cardinal Trujillo have a message on that?

        2. A failure rate of 1 out of 5 is VERY HIGH. And even if that decreases to 1 out of 10, or 1 out of 20, and so on, do you really think it’s worth taking such a very high risk for sexual gratification? We’re talking about a life-threatening health risk here, not just some cold or minor flu. It’s just so wrong to tell people that they are “safe” when they have sex using a condom because condoms fail 20% of the time. The ONLY way to be safe is to abstain from casual sex OR to remain loyal to one partner.

        3. And once again you just cherry-picked information. The reasoning that you give is very similar to the reasoning of those who think vaccines cause autism.

  6. Here is an interesting article from live science:

    -A heterosexual person infected with HIV will transmit the virus to their partner once in every 900 times the couple has unprotected sex, according to a new study conducted in Africa.

    -The new study also confirmed condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV infection, reducing the risk of transmission by 78 percent. Male circumcision reduced the risk of HIV transmission by 47 percent.

    -The new findings reinforce the idea that the best methods for reducing HIV transmission are those that decrease the concentration of the virus in the blood, as can be done with antiretroviral drugs, Hughes said. A study published last year found the drugs could reduce the transmission of HIV between partners by 96 percent.

    There is a reason why anal sex is the sexual intercourse that is known to have a much higher chances of spreading HIV.

  7. well first-off, this is a stupid post… ashamed a fellow lasallian wrote this….
    second, the HIV outbreak is not about sex, but drug use and needly sharing.. did you even do your research?

      1. It took so many posts before Shye got it: the HIV increase in the PH may be due mainly to increasing drug use and not unprotected sex. Any info on this?

    1. That’s blatant misinformation. According to the HIV/AIDS & ART REGISTRY OF THE PHILIPPINES (JUNE 2015), needle-sharing made up only 5% of the modes of transmission. Men having sex with men (MSM) made up 80%.

      “From January 1984 to June 2015, MSM was the predominant (19,309 or 80%) mode of transmission among males, followed by male-female sex (3,421 or 14%), and sharing of needles (1,124 or 5%) [Table 3]. More than half (54% of 10,377) of cases among MSM belong to the 25-34 year age group while 5,654 (29%) were youth 15-24 years old. Among females, male-female sex was the most common MOT (2,053 or 91%) followed by sharing of needles (78 or 3%). A total of 71 children (<10 years old) and 2 adolescents were reported to have acquired HIV through mother-to-child transmission, while 20 people were infected through blood transfusion (Table 3)."

      -HIV/AIDS & ART REGISTRY OF THE PHILIPPINES, JUNE 2015

  8. Hi,
    This article does not really answer why the government is right in scrapping, and not cutting, the budget for contraception especially in the context of:

    a.) a provision necessitating its establishment, referring to a budget, by law (Because you know, democracy and respect for law. We need to know why governments can get away with not complying with the very laws they establish. That’s not clear in your article if present.)
    b.) Sex happening regardless of any message of abstinence you may have (Cmon, we both know abstinence isn’t a new idea.)

    To respond to your points, they are very true and agreeable. Yes, if you abstain, you would not get an STD or get an accidental pregnancy. However, we have to ask 1 incredibly important question:

    Who benefits from subsidized contraception anyway?

    Let’s answer:
    Contraception is an instrument used in planned parenthood. You can buy condoms in Mercury Drug Store or any similar branch. It is a tool in helping you plan for the future. If you would want to have sex, which is understandable cause it’s fun, you can now engage in it with significantly lower risks of any accidents.
    For people like you and me, planned parenthood is very accessible in the form of contraception cause we can afford it.

    However, how about poor people? in the context of a man struggling to put food on the plate for a family of 4(excluding himself), every peso counts. A 100-peso condom might seem a bit costly.

    Quite possibly, there are 3 packs per 100 peso pack. That amounts to 300 pesos if you would like to have sex every night for a week(plus two days). Safe sex then becomes a very costly and expensive thing.

    So what happens? Said person has to rely on subsidized contraception to gain access to free condoms so that he may engage in his passion with peace of mind. Would you want this poor man to accidentally have yet another child? Another mouth to feed and brain to educate? I think not. He can barely support his kids, why would you want to add more responsibilities? That discounts him getting sick, but you get the idea.

    So here comes your proposal: “teach abstinence” you say. You defended this by saying there’s still a margin for error when it comes to contraception. Well, 95% is nothing to scoff at. Also, it really does help lowering birth rates. If you look at the dwindling birth rates of Japan and some countries in Europe, it’s not JUST because of legalized aboriton, but also a strong contraception program present as well (Strong = Strongly subsidized and strongly availed)

    Lastly, they already know about abstinence. You don’t have to worry about that. What you have to worry about is them not wanting to be abstinent.

    Not wanting to be abstinent is very prevalent in society. You see a lot of accidental pregnancies or contractions of std’s BECAUSE they’ve been taught to be abstinent all their lives, and not taught HOW to be responsible WHEN they’re in the heat of the moment. It happens because sex is a very normal and primal thing. This is something you cannot control. Now the question becomes: How should a secular, government handle the situation?

    Governments now should recognize this natural human act AND try their best to minimize the damages (accidental pregnancies/STD’s) that result in these passionate exchanges(I am running out of euphemisms) through promoting responsible fun time.

    If you deprive them of subsidized contraception, you deprive them of the capacity to engage in safe sex and planned parenthood because availing of these tools(condoms) would be economically crippling. The ability to plan for a child or engage in safe sex should be a universal right. Thus, it has to be ensured by the government the same way it ensures education and housing, through subsidies, in order for everyone to enjoy these universal rights.
    This is exactly why this scrapping of the budget is wrong.

    And no, I will not simply “respect your opinion” or “agree to disagree.”

    You see, Vlad, I’m trying to dissuade you and your readers from subscribing to the ideas you’ve shared with us through your article. I’m saying it’s wrong because it views this issue through a myopic lens, it trivializes the plights of the vulnerable poor, and it’s simply lacking in what it wants to prove and is backed by mere rhetoric alone.

    In matters of taste, there can me be no quarrels. I accept this. However, in matters of social issues where lives and rights are on the line, you cannot be allowed to harbor poorly conceived ideas that are damaging to the general public and they must be challenged in the hope of enlightening you and your readers.

  9. Question, why are people not looking at percentages on this crisis? You have two provinces that have almost 50% of the population under 42 years of age with a HIV infection. Yes the number of is higher in the USA when comparing numbers, but are percentage rate is way lower than the Philippines.

    1. It’s worth admitting that education about reproductive health isn’t as booming here as it is abroad. It may be a significant factor, but the numbers do not totally reflect everything.

      Regardless, incapacitating the poor further from attaining safe sex would not make matters any better. Statistics are reassuring, but you cannot discount the utility free contraception has to a few number of poor people who are educated and exposed enough to the concept of safe sex.

      Again, this isn’t the key to victory against sex-related accidents. However, this is an indispensable service the government must provide.

    2. May I know where you got this info about two provinces with “50% of the population under 42 years of age with a HIV infection”? Because that seems so far fetched especially since less than 1% of the Philippine population has the virus.

  10. Fighting makes us feel alive, until it kills us. If it doesn’t kill us, the pain of sitting alone with ourselves, quietly, under constant assault by our own thoughts and memories of war can easily be enough to make us wish we’d died in battle instead.

  11. The writer of this article only proved that ignorance is not the sole prerogative of the uneducated masses. What a waste of time and money spent on expensive DLSU trimestral academic years when it only developed or nurtured such a banal, mediocre and dull reasoning.

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