MANILA -- The local government of Albay plans to provide free motel use for couples who fled the Mayon volcano threat.
The proposal came after complaints that some couples were having sex inside evacuation centers.
The number of Mayon volcano evacuees continues to rise.
In an interview on ANC, Albay Governor Joey Salceda said he has no intention of prohibiting couples from having sex because it is part of their needs.
"Napapagastos ka sa kakaaliw. Magdadala pa ako ng banda para hindi sila mag-sex. Eh pagdating ng oras, uuwi rin sila para mag-sex. You have to address a physiological need with a physiological solution," he said.
To avoid exposing children to sexual activity, Salceda plans to distribute "conjugal access cards" to couples.
With the cards, couples can avail of either free or discounted rates at the province's partner establishments.
A similar policy was implemented in 2009, when residents were also evacuated due to volcanic activity.
At that time, the government made use of conjugal rooms, which proved ineffective.
"Kasi sinubukan namin conjugal rooms [noong 2009], isang room set aside eh kaso kailangan bantayan namin, paparehistro ka kasi baka iba ipasok mo... They do it in the CR -- ang problema naman ang pila."
For Salceda, couples' conjugal needs are becoming a problem as because men and women tend to go back to the danger zones just to have sex.
Almost 12,000 families have been evacuated as Mayon's status remained at Alert Level 3. - reports from Dexter Ganibe and Pia Regalado, dzMM; ANC