Statement of PCW Chairperson Rhodora M. Bucoy on the mandatory pregnancy testing of students of Pines City College

The Philippine Commission on Women welcomes the move of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate the practice of Pines City Colleges of subjecting female students to mandatory pregnancy testing.

We are equally alarmed of the school memorandum which has gone viral. We question the true intent of the school requirement in the context of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), which prohibits the expulsion or non-readmission of female students due to pregnancy.

We will coordinate with CHR, the designated Gender Ombud under the MCW regarding the outcomes of their investigation and make necessary steps to address the situation.