Popcom: Poverty, lack of awareness main causes of high population

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An official of the Commission on Population (Popcom) confirmed Friday that poverty and low level of reproductive health awareness are making it difficult to undertake solutions to the challenges brought about by high population.

As part of the celebration of the Population and Development Week dubbed "Making Every Filipino Matter in Sustainable Development," Popcom Deputy Executive Rosalinda Marcelino presented an unpublished report containing distressing population figures for the country.

"Actually we cannot really tell whether we are overpopulated or not because the number of population is always dependent on the country's capacity," said Marcelino.

The latest survey of the Popcom revealed that population of the country is growing at a rate of 1.9 percent. In addition, a typical Filipino family is composed of at least three children while three to four babies are born every minute.

An example, she noted, is the case of Angelita Dizon, a 45-year-old mother of eleven children, who is struggling to make ends meet for her family.

"I find it really hard to sustain our daily needs. My husband does not have a permanent work. I wanted to send all of my children to school but I can’t," Dizon said.

Angelita's family is among the many people living in poverty as a consequence of the population that had grown to approximately 100 million.

"The government aims to reduce the number of children in the family to at least two because that is in accordance to what we refer to as replacement fertility," she said.

Marcelino also underscored the urgent need to implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law, which has already been passed and declared constitutional.

"There are programs that are being undertaken by the government to reduce population. But the government will never be successful in its efforts without the RPRH Law, which will strengthen the services for the couples," said Marcelino.

In addition, the Popcom ensured that the agency is looking after the welfare of the beneficiaries of its 100-millionth baby program.

"We will follow-up on them to ascertain that they will get free education and healthcare until they become productive citizens of the country," shared Marcelino.

Meanwhile, Popcom admitted that the government still has a long way to go before it can accomplish its slogan of making every Filipino matter in sustainable development.


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