A Better Population Control Program

Pro-RH legislators are very keen on reducing the population of the Philippines; it is as if that reducing the country’s population is the magic formula that will bring our nation to first-world wonderland. These legislators argue that our population is a burden and that the government can’t deliver “basic needs” to the people.

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The arguments of the pro-RH legislators are wrong. Their argument that the country’s large population is a burden runs counter with the trend among first-world nations, which are now enacting measures to increase their birth rates. The economy of these nations became stagnant because there are too many old people as compared to the number of babies being born to replace the dying generation. As a consequence, these nations rely on immigrants to augment their low birth rates. Looking at the situation of these first-world nations, it is clear that our country’s large population is not a burden but a great resource that could gear up our economy if harnessed properly.

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However, for the sake of argument, let us assume that there is need for us to reduce our population. Then what is the best way to reduce the country’s population? Is the RH Bill the best way to reduce our population?

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Population Reduction – The RH Bill Way

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The Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) empowers the Population Commission to enact policies that will control the country’s population (see Section 17(8-b) of SB 2378). Chief of these possible policies is the free distribution of contraceptive pills and contraceptive services in depressed areas. This is the most probable mode of population control program because the Department of Health (DOH) tried to include a budget for the purchase of contraceptive pills in its 2011 budget. No matter what the mode of population control that will be pursued, Population Commission will do extreme population reduction. Based on its history alone, the Population Commission will definitely follow the same population control programs used by first world countries. Thus, letting the population control programs fall on the hands of a commission that promotes programs that are now being rejected by other countries is disastrous for the Philippine economy. RH Bill is backward and counterproductive.

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Population control through the intervention of the government is the worst option. Extreme population reduction programs will take the Philippines to the same condition as the first-world countries I mentioned previously. The programs of the Population Commission will introduce the contraception mentality in our country. With this mentality, people will be brainwashed to think that having a child is a burden, thus making current generation rear less offspring. As contraception mentality gets entrenched to the culture the lesser babies are born, thus creating the “reversed pyramid” scenario that is prevalent in first-world countries. If the Population Commission will have its way, then our advantageous population set-up will give way to the “reversed pyramid” set-up and future generations of Filipinos will have a hard time to support the generations that preceded them. Efforts to increase birth rates when the country is already in the “reversed pyramid” set-up is futile because “contraception mentality” is so entrenched in the society that it is already treated as a positive value by the people. This could be seen in the fruitless programs to bolster birthrates in South Korea and Singapore.

 

Extreme population reduction results into less number of people supporting older generations.

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Population Control -The Efficient Government Way

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The dangers of being trapped to “contraceptive mentality” and “reversed pyramid” population set-up makes the population control programs being pushed through by the RH Bill as destructive to the Philippine economy. So, what is the better way to control the population? The best way to control Philippine population, without the danger of falling to the same situation being experienced by first-world countries, is by improving the efficiency of the Philippine government. This could be done by removing corruption and bureaucratic red tape that is rampant in our government.

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Corruption and red tape are the main reasons why the government can’t “deliver basic services.” The people are subjected to income taxes, VAT, road users’ tax and other taxes but only a small percent of those taxes return to the people by way of government services and government projects. Large percentage of the taxes is diverted to the pockets of corrupt government employees, government officials and politicians. The rampant corruption red tape paralyzes the economy and made poverty worse.

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An efficient government is the key for sustainable population control. If corruption and red tape is removed, then the transaction in the government will speed up and this promotes a better atmosphere in doing business in the country. More foreign investors will come in and more local business will spring up. Also, the taxes will be used in building infrastructures, like roads, which brings genuine development throughout the country. More businesses and concrete development leads to increased economic participation of the Filipino people.

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It should be noted that a nation that have citizens actively participating in the economy have low birth rate. The reason for this is that people tend to be more educated and have more knowledge in being responsible parents. Responsible parenthood that is being flaunted by the RH Bill is different from the responsible parenthood that I am talking about here. The RH Bill, because of its inherent extreme population reduction provisions, is geared more to the promotion of “contraceptive mentality” and the avoidance of responsibility rather than the genuine responsible parenthood.

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In controlling the population, the government must not be allowed to intervene because it has long-term negative effect to the Philippine economy. Instead of wasting the taxpayers’ money for a useless population control programs, it is better if the government just focus on making itself efficient so as to increase economic participation. This will stop the “ballooning of population” (if there is really a “ballooning of population” in the Philippines) but keep “contraception mentality” at bay.

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Image taken from OverpopulationIsaMyth.com.

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One comment on “A Better Population Control Program
  1. Michael says:

    Population “control”, per se, isn’t really necessary in any economy that is oriented toward progress. I recently wrote a piece attacking many of the fundamental assumptions about population growth, the RH bill, and the environment:

    http://romuloadvocate.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/the-philippines-underdeveloped-but-not-overpopulated/

    You may find it interesting. Enjoy.

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