Overpopulation in Phiippines
Republic of the Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia in the western
Pacific Ocean. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical
climate make the Philippines prone to
earthquakes and typhoons but have also endowed the country with natural
resources and made it one of
the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. The country composed of
7,100 islands. Its capital is Manila.
Population in Philippines increased from 1990 to 2008 with 28 million with
45 % growth. The first official
census in the Philippines was carried out in 1877 and recorded a population
of 5,600,000. As of 2011,
the Philippines has become the world's 12th nation of a large population,
with the inhabitants of over
94 million. The population's median age is 22.7 years, and 60.9% people
are between 15 and 64 years old.
Life expectancy at birth is 74.5 years for females and 68.5 years for males,
(L) Map source: University of Texas Libraries
(R) Fishing around sea off Bohol Island. Picture source: PBS Newshour,
January 23, 2012
Religious opposition to population control in practice
Catholic Church opposes to any kind of population control. An archbishop
says, if the number of people increases,
we can make the effort to produce more foods.
Religious opposition to birth control mainly takes the form of opposition
to family planning and artificial
contraceptive methods based on interpretations of scriptures and bible
teachings The Philippines
government is pushing through an important bill to reduce the high birth
rate which is crippling development
in their country. A bill has been passed to provide free contraception
to those that want it. This step was
taken despite the corrosively powerful opposition of the Catholic Church,
saying contraception is against
the will of God. About eighty percent of Filipino are Roman Catholics and
this fact creates a barrier, which
we can hardly overcome this problem. An urgent humanitarian need for contraception
to lift people out of
poverty and suffering.
(L) Philippino congressman said we faced to the very strong opposition
from Catholic church against the birth control.
(R) PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization,
that works as a mission to improve
reproductive health and environmentally sustainable development in local
areas of the Philippines.
A maternity ward of Manila's hospital
An Obstetrician said we just had a case of 29-year old women who delivered
the 7th baby.
NHK broadcast February 8, 2012. Source, PBS Newshour, January 23, 2012
Source: FAOSTAT showed in Wikipedia
Philippines is the largest importing country of rice. The city is flooded
Picture source: PBS Newshour, January 23, 2012
The article was written in February 2012 by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
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