While other people support the ‘love ban’ policy of a university in Cagayan de Oro, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is vehemently against on the said policy.
According to San Jose, Nueva Ecija Bishop Roberto Mallari, chairman of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) - Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE),
We are not in favor of this policy. Good intentions do not always make good policy.The love ban would prohibit students to enter in a romantic relationship to prevent unwanted pregnancy at a young age.
He also added,
We have a regular program regarding values formation and responsible relationships. As a Catholic institution, we value programs and guiding principles.The said policy was made in Golden Heritage Polytechnic College in Cagayan de Oro to prevent unwanted pregnancy; students who fall short on the policy will be expelled in the university.
On the other hand, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), suggested that instead of prohibiting the students, they should be guided in having a romantic relationship in the future.
Anthony Coloma of CEAP said,
This is a critical context, wherein we build friendships and relationships that cut across time. These are important series of moments when we nurture loving and life-giving relationships.Coloma believes that students must not be deprived because it might have a bad effect when they reach the right age to enter in a romantic relationship.
Women and men, who have not been enriched by the formation of human relations and genuine friendships at a young age, may find difficulty in building lifelong and intimate partnerships.Source: Coconuts Manila