PHILIPPINE POPULATION GROWTH ; FACTORS AND OUTCOME Topic: Philippine Demography| Population | Country: Philippines

Last July 27,2014, the Philippines reached 100 million of its population. Because of its rapid growth of population, the country has a broad and limitless needs- education, health care, shelter , employment, and better sanitation to name a few. But is population growth really the root cause of these problems and needs? History seems to indicate otherwise.


Rapid human population growth has a lot of outcome. Population grows fastest in the world’s poorest countries. A lack of basic needs results in physical weakness and poor health. Poor health decreases the ability of the poor to work and put them deeper into poverty.Overpopulation and poverty have long been associated with increased death, and disease.

Instead of allowing poverty to persist, it is important to limit our number because in dense populations too- many lack adequate food, water, shelter,education and employment. High fertility, which has been traditionally associated with prosperity, prestige, and security for the future, now jeopardizes chances for many to achieve health and security. on the other hand, these factors can also affect the growth of the population in some other ways possible.

Due to many improvements in the field of medicine, many diseases and illness are cured. Sickness that used to be a threat to human are now curable. These improvements in the field of medicine affected the mortality rate of the the Philippines. Medicine that can cure specific sickness are now available to people. Lowering the mortality rate increases the population.

Education and health awareness of people makes people heathy and fit. They are less prone of sickness. They are concerned of their life and health. They tend to do things that can keep them healthy. Being healthy and fit also lowers the mortality rate since health concerned people are less likely to be sick and die.

Spiritual hierarchy has maintained its traditional stance against modern family planning (FP) methods, particularly modern (also referred to as “artificial”) contraceptives. On the other hand, the State acknowledges the difficulties posed for development by rapid population growth, especially among the poorest Filipinos. But it has been immobilized from effectively addressing the issue by the Spiritual hierarchy’s hard-line position, as well as the tendency of some politicians to cater to the demands of well-organized and impassioned single-issue groups for the sake of expediency. Caught between a hard Church and a soft State are the overwhelming majority of Filipinos who affirm the importance of helping women and couples control the size of their families and the responsibility of the government to provide budgetary support for modern FP services.

Shelter and proper housing is also accessible to Filipino families. Proper accommodation provides  lot of Filipino safety. This is a factor that affects the growth of population. Safety and soundness is now available to Filipinos who used to not having a house or proper shelter. Providing the accommodation keeps them away from thinking and worrying about safety and danger. This increases the population growth.

Many countries lack adequate supplies of basic materials needed to support their current population . Excess and extra portion of population with no where to put and of use because of the imbalance in the ratio of birth and death of the Filipinos. Rapid population growth can affect both the overall quality of life and the degree of human suffering on Earth.


by: Mapute, Chelsea Florence Lynch E.


Opinion to the Different Theories of State

Plato’s ideal state

Plato’s concept about the government or state is true but too ideal that it may not be attainable under current or obtaining situations. Good leaders must be philosophers who are morally upright and intellectually fit pursuing the greater interest of the state over and above his own personal interest. This kind of philosopher leader is very rare and cannot be found among present crop of our political leaders . In our present state, leadership by dynasty is prevalent which implies the precedence of self and personal interest of ones family over and above the interest of the people. That entertainers or dramatists won’t make good leaders is born out by our sad experience with showbiz people as our leaders such as President Joseph Estrada, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, and Senator Bong Revilla.


Aristotelian view of the state

Aristotle proposes that leadership shall not be confined to the Guardian philosopher class but should be open to any qualified person. Aristotle’s concept of leadership is based on his assumption that is natural for a master leader to abuse his authority given he, as political animal, should share and participate with others for the good of the state. This assumption, however, is not true in our present situation.   Aristotle’s concept of leadership is basically democracy or the rule of the many which has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. Its advantages hinges on the good intentions of the leaders. While it’s disadvantage is that the people would abuse the rights of their freedom. People these days are too accustomed to their given freedom to the extent that they would also abuse the rights given to them.


St. Thomas’ divine justification

“No man is an island” This quote means that each person has to work hand in hand with others as a community or as a group to attain a certain goal. No one can live alone and be successful. Just like St. Thomas’ theory, man is not an isolated individual who can attain his end simply as an individual by using his own individual reason. Although their is a common goal for the good of man by the state and the church, it is not really viable because the state had created laws which contradicts to the law of God. For example RH bill. For the state the purpose for this bill is for the good of the family let say family planning or contraceptives. Another example would be the legalization of divorce in some countries. I would have to disagree with this theory.


Niccolo Machiavelli theory

Machiavellan leadership is a very immoral type of leadership which brought me to disagreeing his theory. Machiavelli states that armed forces is needed in order to attain a good government and that he also thinks that fear is a virtue or rather must be a virtue. He uses the armed forces to stifle dissent. It is true that people need to be disciplined for their actions but it is not really ideal to kill people and use brutal force just to attain that perfect government. You can’t make people live in fear for the rest of their lives. People do have rights. Marcos is a glaring and perfect example of a machiavellan leader. He can afford to eliminate his critics and the opposition parties just to advance his own personal ambitions and interest. Despite being an intelligent and dominant leader, their were still a lot of protest by the people against his presidency which still lead to chaos in the country.


Thomas Hobbes’ social agreement

Hobbes says that someone must arbitrate in the making of agreement in order to prevent the endless war. That the state is not actually making the punishment on violators rather it is the parties involved who are willing for their own punishment. For me hobbes’ theory is effective at the same time moral. Their are no rights violated, except if one of the parties violate the contract, nor is their bloodshed involved. His theory is somehow more peaceful since it is the parties who decides whether or not they would sign the agreement or be committed with each other. With Hobbes’ social agreements and social contracts, people would have more support whenever someone violates these contracts and commitments signed. These contracts would secure the right of mutual protection and welfare and also to regulate relations from each other.


Baron de Montesquieu’s three layers of power

Baron de Montesquieu classifies the power of government into 3 layers: the legislative, the executive, and judicial power. With these 3 layers of power, our government has became more balanced and that government works are well distributed depending on which branch our officials are under. The president cannot do all the work alone without any help nor can implement any law he wants without going through these branches. Lets set the implementation of laws as an example. First, it must be enacted by the legislative power which is shall be agreed by the lower house(house of representatives) followed by the upper house(senators). It is then forwarded to the executive branch, which is the president, for its approval. Upon its approval the judicial branch shall determine whether or not the law is in the bounds of the constitution. I agree with montesquieu’s theory that not only one man shall be held reponsible for all government works but the state must be ruled by three independent yet inseparable power.

– ALUBEN, Anne Dominique A.