Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
This is not in defense or in support of the Reproductive Health Bill, which is undergoing some modifications of its provisions lately. However, the latest World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau has once again underscored the fact that future population growth, more increases will always be noted among less developed countries where, incidentally, the Philippines still belongs.
The data sheet, states that “the poorest of these countries will see the greatest percentage increase.” It added that, the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America account for 97 percent of the world population growth, which has totaled almost 7.1 billion today.
Demographic reports have revealed that causes of population growth are immigration, continued high birth rates, and consequently, young populations. Add to this the occurrence of early and even unwanted pregnancies with a predominantly young population. Ironically, the data sheet also reveals that there is low fertility in highly developed countries. The report continued that Europe is likely to be the first region in history to see long-term population decline, largely as a result of the low fertility in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Whether the controversy or debate borders on the number of children, a family may have it all boils down to the ability of a couple to provide well for their children, or through the concept called responsible parenthood.
Locally, Dumaguete City is bracing itself to deal with the concern of street children coming out in full force, especially when there are big celebrations like the ongoing Negros Oriental Buglasan Festival and soon, the fiesta next month.
If only parents and the ordinary folk can be provided continuing education by officials dealing with population development, then, perhaps, a greater appreciation of the benefits of responsible parenthood can be achieved.*