Population Policy and Economic goals.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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Population Policy and Economic goals.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)


ASIDE from terrorism, one other global concern that demands increasingly critical attention is world population.

And like terrorism, it is a problem very much shared by the Philippines and all other poor countries without exception.

Unless the government moves fast and decisively, the scope of the problem which is already spreading could engulf us all with its complexity and severe implications.

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The difficulty is that the government now and in the past has not really taken to heart the development of population policies and programs that would respond to the country's needs.

We know, of course, that values both religious and cultural are reproachfully involved in dealing with population issues but the government can not turn its back to its obligation to promote social progress and national development for the people's enjoyment of a higher standard of life.

This is a commitment that leaders of government must fulfill if they are to be true to their oath of office.

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Significantly on Tuesday, Aug. 27 the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation will be holding an informal discussion on population issues as they affect developmental goals.

Attending the meeting are members of both Houses of Congress and representatives of various sectors concerned with population problems.

Some members of the media have also been invited to join the discussion.

PLCPD as the name suggests is a non-government, non-profit organization composed of legislators representing both Houses of Congress.

Executive Director Roberto M. …

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