According to the UN Population Fund, Asia holds 60% of the world’s total population, with China still holding the top spot as the most populous country at 1.35 billion, followed by India at 1.24 billion. The Philippines is 12th on this list.
This population explosion is rooted from, among others, the lack of access to reproductive health information and services. In the Philippines, the poorest families have an average of 6 children, with more women between the ages of 15 and 19 having unplanned pregnancies due to unprotected sex, aside from HIV cases which have risen in the last few months.
Dr. Eric Tayag of the Philippines' Department of Health warns, "Seven billion is a number we should think about deeply. We should really focus on the question of whether there will be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life for every child," Dr. Tayag says. "If the answer is 'no,' it would be better for people to look at easing this population explosion."
While majority of Filipinos are in favor of family planning, much needs to be done in order to properly educate them and make modern family planning methods available to them.