GROWING NUMBERS by Dindo Paradela

The population of the Philippines is estimated at 100,096,496 as of July 1 2014. The Philippines’s population is equivalent to 1.38% of the total world population The Philippines ranks number 12 in the list of countries by population. Based on these facts, one could say that the Philippines is a well populated country. But now, a question comes into mind that says, “Is the Philippines overpopulated?” Based on the research I have conducted, The Philippine population has increased by almost 30 million in the last decade. With the Philippines being a third world country, it is not so much of a surprise to see people living in substandard conditions. Many people live in such little space here in the Philippines, and this is very evident, especially in squatter areas. There is also a great lack of family planning which can be seen in everyday life here in the Philippines, given all the homeless families with more than 5 children that are living on the side of the streets. Along with this, it is also difficult to get a proper education, given the current situation of the Department of Education, which means that those living in poverty, which composes a large percentage of the population, will not be able to get a proper education, which means that people will not be able to obtain proper and stable jobs, which will result in the poverty rate increasing in the future. This lack of opportunity means that many will result to manual labor, which is quite common given the situation of the Philippines. Given this information, I can therefore conclude that my opinion on the Philippines being overpopulated is not entirely incorrect.