Why Baguio City’s Anti-Profanity Ordinance Is Counter-Productive

When we were children, we were told that using profanities was bad and we should never say it out loud.

As kids, we thought that the rule was only applicable to children because most adults cuss like it’s nothing. Then, as we grow older, we reduce these words to mean different things; that we’re happy, amused, angry or bummed. Today, it’s just a form of expression for us.

Of course, there’s an appropriate time and place for everything. We know that.

We get it: we can curse in front of our friends, but we wouldn’t cuss during a job interview. And while most of us have been taught manners, we are also aware that cursing isn’t out of the extraordinary.

In fact, even the President himself curses in live television for everyone to hear. Yet when we call him out, people brush it off and say that it’s because the culture in Davao is different.

“It’s just an expression”

Yesterday, Mayor Mauricio Domogan implemented an Anti-profanity ordinance in Baguio where cursing, cussing, expressing insults whether directly or indirectly in selected public areas such as schools, computer shops, arcades and other business establishments frequented by children, high school and/or college students will be banned.

Young citizens in Baguio are prohibited from cursing for fun or expressing extreme emotions in these public areas. In fact, students who violate the ordinance could even be expelled from their respective institutions.

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Netizens were both confused and annoyed. Some social media users even pointed out that the ordinance is violating people’s freedom of expression, under the Article 3 section Section 4 of the Philippine constitution.

Discipline is the key, not ordinance

Families should be the first authority to establish what words and immoral actions must not be said or done by their children. Punishing these kids by taking away their education and freedom is counter-productive for a society that actively seeks progression.

Moreover, aren’t there bigger problems that the city should be giving more attention to? Why is a college institution in Baguio requiring all female students to take a pregnancy test before enrolling?

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We’re not joking. Baguio’s leading school in nursing is requiring all female students to take pregnancy tests before they are allowed to enroll. Once a pregnancy test is positive, the student is prohibited from enrolling in classes like clinical dentistry, endodontics, hospital dentistry and other subjects because it could “endanger both mother and child.”

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Not only does this mandatory pregnancy test violate the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710) and right to privacy, but this also proves that we are denying women of their rights to acquire education.

Annunciating of child conception should be under a woman’s choice of time–not a requirement by a school’s policy. Sure, we get the institution’s concern of keeping the mother and child safe, but certain measures should be done before it’s implemented.

Would the Philippine educational system be improved by this policy? No. Our government officials should start implementing things that could actually make a difference in our society. Laws that are actually protecting Filipinos, not ones that are taking their identity and rights.