By Noreen Jazul
The local government unit of Tagaytay City has set up a “couple’s nest” for married couples being housed temporarily in evacuation centers, a move that has drawn flak from various sectors and little praise from couples who approved of it.
Tagaytay City Health Officer Fe Capupus said the “couple’s nest” is needed to address the need for “intimacy” of couples.
“Kailangan ng couple’s nest kasi ito ay isa sa mga pangangailangan ng mag asawa, so they need to be intimate with each other,” Capupus said. (The couple’s nest is needed to address the needs of a married couple; they need to be intimate with each other.)
“Dapat iyan, mabigyan ng prioridad at mabigayan din ng serbisyo,” she added. (That need should also be given priority and be given service.)
Capupus said couples will need to present a slip before they can use the rooms.
“Iyon pong couple’s room, meron po silang slip na kung gusto nila pupunta po sila doon sa parang mini hotel namin, sa couple’s nest, doon po sila mag pe-present ng slip nila,” she explained. (Couples can go to the couple’s room by providing a slip which they could ask for in the evacuation facilities where they are staying, and then they can go to our mini hotel, the couple’s nest, where they can present the slip.)
The city health officer underscored that only married couples will be allowed to use the rooms, adding that they will verify each couple who will use the facility.
All couples will also undergo counselling about family planning before using the facility, Capupus added.
“Ina-advise naman po namin sila on family planning, so ang counselling kami at prinovide na namin po iyong mga commodities for the family planning of their choice,” Capupus said, adding that there will be contraceptives such as condoms in each room. (We advise them on family planning, we do counselling, and we provide them with commodities for the family planning of their choice.)
Capupus said the facility will be open from morning until 10 pm.
Reactions to the setting up of the “Couple’s Nest” were flying, with some saying that it was “insensitive” for some to even think about coupling during a time of calamity.
“They should think about providing the evacuees with decent toilet facilities,” a netizen said.