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Prescription is Now Required to Buy Condoms

I don't know if i will be amused or shocked after reading the news article requiring prescription to buy condoms. Below are some interesting quotes from the news article, you can read the whole article here.

In Barangay Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa City, people will need a prescription to buy a condom.

The Sanggunian Barangay of Ayala Alabang released an ordinance that takes effect on February 24, 2011 that seeks, among others, to penalize the sale and purchase of "anti-conceptional substance or devices," like condoms and contraceptive pills, without a prescription.

The ordinance requires health services performed within the territorial jurisdiction of Barangay Ayala Alabang to use only "safe, ethical, effective, legal and non-abortifacient medicines or drugs or machines, devices or methods of treatment that do not cause abortion intentionally or unintentionally."

The ordinance requires pharmacies within the territorial jurisdiction of Barangay Ayala Alabang to ask for a prescription before selling contraceptives like condoms and hormone pills.

Violators of the ordinance's provisions will be fined an amount no less than P1,000 but not exceeding P5,000 for the first offense. A second offense will be fined not less than P5,000 and will merit imprisonment for not less than one month but not exceeding six months. Violators will also be held civilly liable to the offended party.

Ban on advertisements

Under the ordinance, the barangay will penalize any person who advertises, promotes, sells or distributes for free any kind of abortifacient.

The ordinance defines abortifacients as any device, medicine or substance that may damage or interfere with the natural development or cause the expulsion or death of an unborn child.

"The Barangay... condemns the irresponsible and indiscriminate use of contraceptives as they undermine the solidarity of families by promoting premarital sex, giving rise to more fatherless children, more single mothers, more poverty, and more abortions when the contraceptives fail to prevent conception, and by causing a decline of legitimate marriages," the ordinance said.

Sex education

The ordinance also prohibits teaching compulsory sex education without prior consultation with, and written permission of, the parents or guardians of minor students in any public or private school within the jurisdiction of the barangay.

"The schools will have to follow that as well. If they have sex ed in their curriculum, they will have to revise that,"

Coercive ordinance

Meanwhile, reproductive health advocates said the ordinance released in Barangay Ayala Alabang is a violation of its residents' right to health, information and privacy.

"The ordinance is coercive as it forces residents to adhere to the wrong view that contraceptives are abortifacients and are dangerous to women's health," said Elizabeth Angsioco, national chairperson of the Democratic Socialists Women of the Philippines, in a statement.

Angsioco said that contraceptives are safe and effective, as it is even part of the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines.

"The Ayala-Alabang barangay council cannot be more authoritative than WHO on this matter. Fact is, even the country's Bureau of Food and Drugs Administration (BFAD) recognizes the safety and efficacy of contraceptives with its approval to making contraceptives available," she said.

"The Ayala-Alabang experience underscores the need for a national RH law," she said. "The RH bill should be passed now. It will repeal this ordinance."

Dark ages?

Ayala Alabang Village resident Kevin Punzalan told GMA News Online that he only found out about the ordinance on Thursday. "We were never formally notified about the hearing on the anti-RH ordinance," he said.

He expressed his disapproval of the ordinance and said that officials have to realize that the barangay is not a Catholic barangay.

"It's a multicultural barangay with residents from other countries, and these people have different religious and cultural beliefs, which I think should be respected," he said.

"Without condoms, they may be at risk for STDs," he added. "Will that work for the community?"

Another resident from Ayala Alabang who asked not to be named said the ordinance sounds like "we're going back to the dark ages."

"It's totally against giving people the freedom to choose what they want for their lives," she said, adding that the ordinance seems to have "a lot of slippery slope statements."



  1. Crazy ordinance! They just want to be noticed!

  2. I didn't know Barangay officials have so much power. Is this even legal or constitutional?

  3. The barangay cannot make an ordinance without basis, the barangay cited Republic Act 5921, or the act regulating the practice of pharmacy in the country, which says "no drug or chemical product or device capable of provoking abortion or preventing conception... shall be delivered or sold to any person without a proper prescription by a duly licensed physician."

  4. This is the time we disrespect all of those backward-minded terrorist who are responsible for suggesting that kind of backward-minded ordinance!

  5. only from ayala alabang residents, mga elitists. let's just sit and wait til one of their children gets pregnant..then they'l probably change their minds! :-P


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