CHO clarifies prostitution yarn in evacuation camps PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 April 2014 13:36

City Health Officer (CHO) Dr. Rodelin Agbulos on Monday, April 14, denied reports of alleged prostitution and brothel operations inside evacuation camps.

“When we talk about prostitution inside evacuation camps, I would negate that it is still happening now,” said Agbulos.

He also negated claims of brothels operating inside the camps.

Incidents of prostitution were noted during the first two months after the siege, due to the curfew imposed inside the camps. After the curfew was lifted, an inspection revealed that most freelance sex workers took to the streets and are no longer inside evacuation camps, according to Agbulos.

Agbulos cited the results of the inspections carried out separately by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Task Force Buenas and the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center, which corroborated the reports of the City Health that no prostitution or brothels exists within the camps.

Moreover, only two STD cases were noted during medical consultations held from March to April, said Agbulos.

“We are not trying to hide any figures, we are not trying to hide any statistics, but this is based on our office’s assessment,” emphasized Agbulos.

To ensure accurate and consistent reporting of information regarding issues within the evacuation centers, Agbulos appealed to non-government organizations (NGOs) who are conducting surveys and crafting their own reports to work closely with the City Health Office and the DSWD.

Additionally, the health officer said that he would want to know the identity and the background of the NGOs conducting the surveys in order to verify if they are accredited.

“They [NGOs] are presenting a lot of reports and statistics that are not in conformity with the statistics of the office,” Agbulos said.

“I do not think it would be fair to our office to say that their reports would be more approved by the media or anybody else,” he added. — Jasmine Mohammadsali