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.