By MB Online
The Human Rights Commission (CHR) on Wednesday began the investigation on a dispute memorandum of Pines City College (PCC) in Baguio City mandated pregnancy tests for its students.
(Pinterest / Manila Bulletin Board)
"CHR is alarmed with the documents circulated on the Internet showing the policy of Pines City College of mandatory pregnancy testing not only for the possible violation of the MCW (Magna Carta of Women), but also of other women's rights especially on privacy rights and autonomy of the body, CHR M Clin de Guia said in a statement.
"Women and women should not be denied exercise and full enjoyment of basic rights, they should not suffer negative consequences in education simply because jobs are pregnant," added De Guia.
De Guia added that pregnancy does not determine one's ability as a student. "This dégulation and commercialization policy in education that host a just determination and an extensive collection of exorbitant and exorbitant dodgy fees must be scrapped."
"As Ombud Gender, the Commission through its CAR (Cordillera Administrative Area) office is investigating the case motu propio, according to the institution fair procedure and verify the existence of policy.
The memorandum is signed by PCC's School Physician Dr. Aurelia Navarro and Vice President of Administration Maria Regina Vita demanding the Department of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Deans and heads to require their students to undergo compulsory pregnancy testing this week.
The institute, in a statement on Tuesday afternoon, said PCC was in compliance with its pregnancy policy for women who enroll in courses such as clinical dentistry, rontgenology, anesthesia, endodontics that "will endanger both mother and child."
"This is a policy agreed upon by our students upon their registration to this institution," it says.
"We believe this is a policy that protects our students while they are in our care and are distributed to specialized programs in hospitals and clinical practices."
A copy of the memo went viral on social media on Tuesday on Facebook which drew flak from netizens.