Overpopulation Crisis: Filipinos Projected To Reach 101.4m In 2015; Highest Growth Rate In SE Asia
Overpopulation crisis: Filipinos projected to reach 101.4m in 2015; highest growth rate in SE Asia. While other countries are concerned about their aging populations, the Philippines is dealing with a very different issue: "how to manage its booming population," which is expected to grow even more in 2015.
According to several demographic analysts, the number of Filipinos living in the Philippines will surpass 101.4 million this year, 2015. Concerned citizens are petitioning the government to intervene and pay heed.
In addition to the alarming incidence of HIV infections in 2014, residents are calling the government's attention to the country's rising population catastrophe. While other countries have significantly reduced the number of HIV infections, the Philippines remains one of the few countries where instances are increasing. What action is the government taking? Some are inquiring.
Government officials are now being pushed to implement new family planning methods in order to slow the country's ever-increasing population growth rate. It has the greatest growth rate in Southeast Asia. Malaysia and Thailand have managed to handle their population crises, which are now declining slowly, whilst the Philippines' is still growing rapidly.
Juan Antonio Perez, the head of the Population Commission (PopCom), claimed that there is an urgent need to lower the country's high population growth rate of 1.9 percent each year. It has a significant impact on the government's efforts to meet citizens' basic requirements such as health, housing, and education. Perez said:
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Right now, our population is 100.7 or 100.8 million. But by mid-2015, it will be around 101.4 million. So the big efforts of the Department of Health and PopCom will be in the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law this year and part of 2016
According to Perez, Popcom, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), would deploy new family planning strategies to reduce female fertility rates. They seek to reduce the rate from 3% (three children per woman) to at least 2.1 %. They will also collaborate closely with the Departments of Education (DepEd) and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to promote safe sex education, particularly given the alarming prevalence of teenage pregnancies.
According to Perez, the subdermal implant will be introduced as a technique of family planning. The subcutaneous implant is a flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick. It will be put into a woman's upper arm and will release the hormone progestin into the body for a maximum of three years to suppress ovulation.
If a woman desires to become pregnant, she can easily remove the implant, according to Perez. Obviously, he continued, the government will continue to promote the use of family planning methods, including tubal ligation, vasectomy, tablets, and condoms, in addition to other scientific measures.