Population and Ability to Develop resources.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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Population and Ability to Develop resources.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)


POPULATION, no doubt, ranks high among the world's most urgent concerns and yet when the World Population Day was observed last Thursday it barely merited public comment here.

The predicament could be that it was a touchy issue that the government, instead of restating its policies on population at such important commemorative event, chose to keep silent.

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The fact is that the government has not really clarified its stand on population issues nor showed genuine interest in population activities.

It has always been like that.

Still, every time leaders talk of poverty which is often, and its consequences to society, population growth emerges on top of the problems that nurture it.

It never fails, and both social scientists and economic managers agree that rationalization of population and development must be made to resolve the dilemma confronting the country.

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The late Rafael M. Salas, Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (now United Nations Population Fund), who pioneered in the study of global population trends and problems, had asserted that there was place for state population policy in every country.

In countries where resources are limited, the need to stabilize birth rate is an urgent national concern.

Which brings us squarely to the realities of the Philippine situation.

With the latest announcement that the country's population has reached the 80 million mark with some 40 percent living below the poverty line, last Thursday's observance of the World Population Day would have been a propitious occasion for a fresh declaration of the government's population policy program. …

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