In the last 10 years, around 15 million Filipinos have been added to the country’s steadily ballooning population, with the numbers now hitting 92 million.
So say the records of the National Statistics Office (NSO), as of May 2010, based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing. In 2000, the population was only 76.51 million.
Explains the NSO, “This means that there were two persons added per year for every 100 persons in the population.”
According to economists, the government will have to take measures in order to address the problems that the country’s growing population will bring, such as inequitable distribution of natural resources, food security and strained limited resources, greater disparity in children’sh health and education opportunities, among others.
Said Dr. Abdul Alim, UNICEF representative, the more children in urban communities, the more insufficient access to proper housing, utilities, clean water, protection and security from abuse, neglect, exploitation, etc.
In line with this, certain sectors of our society have continued to hold demonstrations and demanding for the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) to be passed into law. Malacanang was reported to have issued a statement Monday, April 9, that they are leaving it to Congress to make the necessary actions with the regard to the proposed Bill. The RH Bill, which President Aquino prefers to call the Responsible Parenthood Bill, proposes that “guarantees universal access to medically-safe, legal, affordable and quality reproductive health care services, methods, devices, supplies and relevant information thereon even as it prioritizes the needs of women and children, among other underprivileged sectors” (Get the full text here). It has also been included in his administration’s priority measures.
Economists and population experts emphasize that, while the increase in population may increase the Gross National Product (GNP), or the value of all products and services by the country, it does not necessarily translate to alleviated poverty.