Mas intimate sila ngayon! Lagman urges gov't to give free condoms for couples during COVID-19 lockdown

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has encouraged the national government to continue the mandate of extending free condoms and other contraceptives amid the lockdown in Luzon.

Lagman said that as Luzon lockdown will most likely be extended due to COVID pandemic, giving free condoms should be continued.

Being the author of the Reproductive Health Law under Republic Act No. 10354, Lagman said the “intimacies between couples who are locked down together break the barriers of social distancing”

Some officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for COVID-19 sees possible two-week extension of the enhanced community quarantine.

“I urge the government to continue discharging its mandate of extending free reproductive health supplies and services to acceptors from the marginalized sectors,” said Lagman.

The lawmaker said drug stores and pharmacies must have enough supplies of reproductive health products.

Lagman also joined the calls for Duterte administration to extend the lockdown after its deadline on April 14 amid the still rising cases of coronavirus infections.

He said, the extension is much needed to give enough time to conduct mass testing in the areas with reported cases of infection.

Lagman explained that the remaining days until deadline “will not be sufficient to adequately conduct mass testing” even for just selected affected areas.

“It would be extremely difficult to implement initial selective and subsequent comprehensive mass testing in a dispersed and mobile population,” he said.

“Stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus is very complicated and cannot be answered by isolation and social distancing alone because so many COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic,” said Lagman.

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