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, respectively.
(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 contra-
ceptive 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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