Random ramblings from a national democrat.
Pursuant to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s Proclamation No. 362 last March 30, 2012, a census counted up to the barangay level last 2010 by the National Statistics Office (NSO) were made official.
Last May 1, 2010, official Filipino population registered at 92.34 million. The National Capital Region (NCR) alone, next to CALABARZON (Region IVA), accounted for 11,855,975 of the country’s population, currently the second most populated region in the country.
In the 2010 NCR data, Quezon City (2,761,720), Manila (1,652,171), and Caloocan (1,489,040) still share the largest percentage of population in the Metro Manila region.
Slowing of Population Growth rate
In recent years however, data shows that there have been a slowing down in the growth rate of NCR.
Hmm… well then, so what?
Well kids, this means that children born every year has been steadily decreasing over the past years.
In the last two decades alone, from a 2.25% growth rate in 1990-2000, NCR population decreased to 1.78% in 2000-2010. During the 2000-2010 period, there are roughly less than two persons added per year for every 100 persons in the NCR population.
Growth through the Years
Despite having the most populated cities in the metro, it was observed that those projecting the largest numbers in the NCR are ironically slowing down.
In a comparison of 1990-2000 and 2000-2010’s population growth rate, only seven cities showed continuous growth: Makati (0.39% to 1.16%), Mandaluyong (1.16% to 1.67%), Manila (-0.13% to 0.44%), Pasig (2.42% to 2.86%), San Juan (-0.75% to 0.31%), Pasay (-0.37% to 1.02%), and Pateros (1.11% to 1.12%).
All other cities were said to have dropped in percentage.
Population Control, RH Bill and the Census – What now?
In spite of the recent drop, ironically some are still looking at population control and contraception as an “effective means to eradicate poverty.”
Just last Monday (Jan. 17, 2012), the House of Representatives and the Senate approved on the third and final reading the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, with a final vote of 133-79-7.
The bill, also known as an “Act Providing for a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood”, generally aims at guaranteeing universal access to methods of contraception, fertility control, sex education and maternal care.
However in light of such data and the recent passage of the RH bill, the government must actually start on doing what needs to be done.
More than ever has it become necessary for the administration to redirect RH’s emphasis from a population control scheme to a better public health care service.
Well, that and the rejection of the legislators oversimplification of the country’s structural problems to population.