Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Alfredo A. Garbin Jr. joined the 5th Episode of “Kapihan sa SM City Legazpi” that was organized by the Diocesan Multii-Media Services Inc. to talk about the House Bill 3957 or the Anti-Sthealthing Law, the prevention of STDs and unwanted pregnancies last November 8, 2019 in Legazpi City. Also in attendance were different student groups from various schools, Albay 1st District Glenda Ong Bongao, Dr. Joane Bonaobra of BRTTH, Sr. Veronica Centeno who discussed the moral and medical aspects of the prevention of the spread of STDs and unwanted pregnancies.
It may be noted that the House Bill 3957 or Anti-Stealthing Law was filed in the House of Representatives by AKO BICOL Party-List Reps. Alfredo Garbin and Elizaldy Co back in August. According to Representative Garbin, Ako Bicol filed the bill after seeing the need to protect Filipinos by preventing the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases (STD), as well as unwanted pregnancies through legislative measures that would allow prosecution and penalization of violators.
Those under the poverty line who don’t have the access to proper sexual information and proper education are the most burdened and victimized by those who use deception to contract desease or cause unwanted pregnancy.
Prevention and treatment of HIV requires early testing, proper diagnosis and identification of red flags like having high-risk behaviors, unsafe sexual contact and others means of transmission, deterioration of the immune system and application of treatment.
Ultimately, the society and the youth must instill to themselves self-discipline, family openness and values, proper knowledge, sound judgement and support a law that can help people seek protection from stealthing — such factors all contribute to the overall prevention and penalization of stealthing and the triumph against STDs and unwanted pregnancies.
The event was hosted by Ms. Susan Bernal Balane and Mr. Jam Mendoza of Radyo Veritas Legazpi.