- The CBCP opposed the Golden Heritage Polytechnic College in Cagayan de Oro’s ‘love ban’ among their students
- The organization said that it is an opportunity for students to ‘build friendships and relationships that cut across time’
- Instead of forbidding students to engage in romance, they urged the school to create programs that would tackle ‘values formation and responsible relationships’
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed their thoughts on a particular college in Cagayan de Oro declaring a ‘love ban’ on its students on Tuesday, August 30.
In a report made by GMA News, Bishop Roberto Mallari, chairman of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education, spoke in behalf of the religious organization and claimed that they were ‘not in favor’ of the university’s prohibition of students having love affairs.
Rather than restricting the youth, Mallari urged the school to promote and come up with a program that would focus on ‘values formation and responsible relationships.’
In agreement, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) reasoned that schools are a place wherein youngsters could prepare themselves for romantic relationships.
Anthony Coloma, CEAP Advocacy and Information Management Officer, said they were opposed to such policy since it hinders the students’ opportunity to ‘build friendships and relationships that cut across time.’
Moreover, the ‘love ban’ may pose as a serious threat in the future as it may ‘affect’ the students’ ability to connect with other people in a more intimate and serious sense.
The Golden Heritage Polytechnic College in Cagayan de Oro city proposed the ‘love ban’ due to an increasing number of female students dropping out in the middle of the school year after becoming pregnant.
Violations to the rule are considered grounds for expulsion. So far, six students have been kicked out from the college after they looked over the certain school policy.
As a reminder to their students, the school posted a huge tarpaulin at the college’s entrance saying how romance could threaten the future of a female student and emphasized the ongoing ‘love ban.’
However, not only various religious organizations are against the unique policy but the Department of Education (DepEd) as well.
According to Secretary Leonor Briones, such rule should not be equivalent to expulsion as consequence. In addition, she noted how most students often exhibit more curiosity after being forbidden.
The matter has become the center of debate among web users. Most claimed that relationships are not entirely horrible since some could even be a source of inspiration for students. But other netizens shared the same ideals with the institution and hoped that through the policy, the youth would focus more on their studies and learn that there’s an appropriate time for romance.