Ayala Alabang’s famous anti-condom ordinance

One doubts whether any of the 42,000 barangay councils in the country, past or present, can match the speed with which Barangay Ayala Alabang (BAA) passed its now famous/notorious first ordinance (No. 01-2011) entitled “An Ordinance Providing for the Safety and Protection of the Unborn Child Within the Territorial jurisdiction of Barangay Ayala Alabang; Fixing Penalties for Its Violations, and for Other Purposes.” If Manny Valdehuesa, whom I consider to be the country’s expert on barangays, or DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo from any records, can provide similar examples of such alacrity, I would be very much obliged.

The feat is doubly breathtaking, considering that the work was being done at the height of the Christmas season, when as we all know, there is a marked slowdown in the workplace (including all those holidays) except for those engaged in sales.

And it is triply breathtaking because, at least as far as the barangay documents would show, the idea of an ordinance was not even part of the formal development plans of the BAA as presented in the general assembly by the different committees — it only surfaced after the dinner, during the open forum, as in “An open forum followed after dinner. Some of the questions asked which the BAA Council will have to address are the following: … “the following referring to 10 issues, e.g., parking problems, garbage schedules, a senior citizen’s center a website, a shuttle service.” The “Suggestion to pass an ordinance on the Protection of the Unborn Child” was the last of the 10, brought up just before adjournment.

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