Philippine population has been steadily rising,  birth rates are higher than death rates.  Is this a problem for the rising tiger of Asia? Has the Filipino people,  through its duly elected government,  been doing its best to curb the negative effects of its rise in population? What is left for the Philippines to do to help itself from the problems of large populations? The Philippine population  the time of the Americans was 2 million nationwide,  but in less than 100 years it’s population has risen to 100 million in 2015. many countries have populations larger than that of the Philippines.  China,  being an international powerhouse,  is one with the largest population with over a billion citizens. One may ask,  why did we mention China in an issue of population in our local setting? It is because population is not an issue for us,  nor should it be.  Why would I say anything  like that? It is because when you educate people,  give them jobs,  that is a work force of skilled individuals
which could uplift the state of our nation.  Population is not a problem,  the main issue here is the economy. A larger workforce means we can do more.  Doing more equals more money flowing.  But to maintain that huge workforce we need jobs. Let’s go back to China.  They have over a billion citizens,  but they are an economic power house.  They provide jobs for their people,  they survive because they are able to get the job done. To survive economically,  China will have to provide more jobs.  But with competition from other countries to provide a quality product and work force, it’s an uphill climb for them only to reach a summit and come back down.  The Philippines in the other hand is growing.  BPO companies come to the Philippines to search for a well-educated, skilled workforce.
As mentioned,  population is equal to workforce. The difficulty is when that population is not well-educated,  or if there is a lack of applicable jobs. The Philippines is on the rise because it’s work force is skilled in the different fields.  This brings us back to our problem of population This is what we see in the Philippines.  Those who have no proper jobs are homeless,  some would argue that they are a cancer to our economy.  Yet what happens when you train them,  teach them? They become a workforce which can handle the things that  have to do .  But what happens to the population after you educate them? Is education enough to make the “population problem” go away? No,  you need to provide your skilled workforce with jobs. We have the people,  we can provide the education,  we can get investors,  what is there to stop us? Ourselves.  Filipinos think they can not be as great as other countries,  most of us believe that the Philippines is not ready for that economic growth and that our efforts and thatched of the government are in vain
Our government has done it’s part and continues to do so.  It provides jobs through public private partnerships,  it allows foreign investment, it is up to us to meet the standards,  to do what we have to do to survive and to help our nation.
To summarize it all,  the problem is not population,  population is not a problem,  it is what we can do.  We do what we have to do for the common good and not for personal gain.

There may be one more mouth to feed but two more hands to help.

Joe Mari P. Militante



19 thoughts on “A GROWING NATION

  1. Education plus workforce equals progress in the economy. We needed these factors to attain our goal to lift our country from poverty. If people are educated they would realize that to have a job is important and when people do have a job they would have lesser time to spend doing nothing and usually in “doing nothing” something happens. It is important that we increase our workforce. It is through work that we can earn money because money just don’t fall out of the sky.
    -Gwynneth Muriel G. Guarin


  2. The population truly affects the economy. Although in the case of the Philippines, a rapidly growing population was not necessarily coupled with a growing economy. We must always regard our growing population as still a problem since we currently are not producing enough resources to provide for the said population. The Philippines and its citizens and government must find ways to solve these problems in the future in order for us to properly progress.

    – Alacrito, Ian


  3. The difference between the Philippines and China is that China is an economic power house. The Philippines has the people so why not use it to our advantage? Educate the people we do have and then give them jobs. However, this does not mean that we should go around making more people. Overpopulation is still a problem but since we already have the people, let’s use them to our advantage


  4. Education is one of the most important in achieving a successful future. We should value education like it is gold for those educated citizens are the answer to our problems. They will be able to help in progressing the country, it will lessen poverty in the state because they are qualified for different kinds of jobs.
    – Mary Christine Saldon


  5. Better Education: One of the first measures is to implement policies reflecting social change. Educating the masses helps them understand the need to have one or two children at the most. Families that are facing a hard life and choose to have four or five children should be discouraged. Family planning and efficient birth control can help in women making their own reproductive choices. Open dialogue on abortion and voluntary sterilization should be seen when talking about overpopulation.


  6. Education is really really really important in this nation. The Philippines must focus on the betterment of the nation not just focusing on keeping the people to entertained and eventually forgetting the problems of this nation.


  7. So many of our fellow Filipinos are illiterate. This needs to change and it needs to happen now. Education is so vital. Filipinos need to be more aware of all the wrong things happening so we can start making solutions and start putting those solutions into action.
    – ligutom


  8. Education is most important to achieve a better economy and nation. With this, there would be more educated people. With educated people there would be employed people. With employed people there would be good economy. With good economy there would be the rise if a good nation.


  9. “There may be one more mouth to feed, but two hands to help.”
    This is a statement that made me realize that overpopulation is not an easy undertaking. We may only stop birth, but we cannot kill those that already live. Instead of constantly complaining about our problem of having a growing number of people, maybe it’s time for us to help each other on our way to progression and success.


  10. An educated population is essential to a nation’s prosperity. We might disagree about exactly what subject matter should be taught in schools, or about which governments should finance education, but we have rarely wavered in our recognition that universal education is a right, and that higher education is a priority, for the sake of our country’s current and future well-being.


  11. Our country is our gift so why do we make it seem like a burden more than a privilege to guide it and make it one of the best gifts out there? Education for the children, work force and labor for future, isn’t that a simple thing to do? Yet why does it burden us so much to care for our mother land? It does not seem to make any sense to me.


  12. Lets do our part in supporting one of our government’s program and advocacy: responsible parenthood by the use of appropriate family planning methods thereby addressing the problem of overpopulation.


  13. Walk the talk. All of us are capable of making an awe-worthy speech about change and progress especially the field of politics. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why we harbor such passionate hatred and disappointment towards our government since it seems like all they know is making promises, arguing, making catchy theme songs or posing for the soon-to-be tarpaulin. Maybe there is change happening. But its the hope that it is not too late to start over that counts.


  14. Let us help one another. Don’t wait for someone to ask for your help but it’s already your initiative to also think about the good of others. The government can’t handle this alone, they need our lending hand. If we can’t feed a thousand mouths, then at least feed one. If parents can’t afford to send their children in school, then at least teach them good morals. By this, be an example for the youth today and start partaking with the government’s programs. Besides, we are living in the same country so let us take a stand and do the things that we can do for each other.

    -Naquila, Rosary Faith P.


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