POPULATION EXPLOSION: A Threat and A Challenge to All Filipinos
ANDEA, ISIDRO JR B.
KABACAN WESLEYAN ACADEMY- KABACAN, NORTH COTABATO
ABC EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
There are 7.2 billion people currently living in the world today. Each country has its own way of standing on its own, and relying on its economy. The Philippines is one example that relies on its natural resources and exporting products abroad. But, as the years go by, the growth of the country’s population is increasing rapidly and affecting the economical and environmental aspects of the country. The government continually thrives on coinciding our resources with the growing population. Thus, a question arises; ...view middle of the document...
The destruction among the farmlands is not the only devastation brought by the floods. In some of the Philippine cities that were hit by typhoons, it caused an epidemic of many known infectious diseases. Some of the commonly known diseases, either food or water borne; are typhoid, bacterial diarrhea, and hepatitis A. The water- contact disease, leptospirosis is also considered a common ailment during floods. But is population growth, the root of all these problems? Let us dig a little deeper.
There is an increasing incidence of poverty in the Philippines, especially in urban areas. Quezon City, the most populated city in the country with a population of 2,679,450; is the most polluted and has the most number of cases of poverty in the island of Luzon. As the population grows, the percentage of poverty increases, which could be contributory to pollution and epidemic of infectious diseases. The Philippines Statistics Authority showed that the percentage of poverty rate became higher during the past years. In 2012, the poverty incidence is at 39.2 %. This poses yet another problem in the economic growth of this country.
Rapid population growth is not just a difficulty, but also an opportunity in the working sector of the country’s economy. It paved the way to the best investment the country could offer: its human resource. It provided opportunities for other countries to invest in the Philippines, resulting to an economic growth increase by 7.2 percent in 2013.
The government proposed various solutions to the problems provoked by the increasing population. The bill, “The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2011” or commonly known as the “RH Bill, was issued by the government as an attempt to limit the growing population. It encompasses a variety of measures; namely, a new sexual-education program, greater access and distribution of contraceptives. This bill attempts to motivate couples to engage in family planning methods, both natural and artificial, aiming to prevent maternal and infant death. It is currently on the fast track to becoming a law, but the Supreme Court temporarily issued a restraining order last March 2013 in response to challenges...