Sotto is Right, ‘Overpopulation’ in PH is a MYTH!
Anti-Reproductive Health bill SenatorT ito Sotto’s latest privileged speech quickly drew flak from staunch supporters of the proposed population control measure not because of his religion-based arguments, but
because of his strong denial that the country is “overpopulated”.
“Is the Philippines overpopulated?” the senator, who has been the most favorite target of pro-RH bias and hypocrisy, asked, as he strongly rejected the proposed measure designed to curb the country’s population because pro-RH claims simply “lack bases and are weakly founded”.
Figures from the National Statistics Office (NSO) show that the country’s total population in 2010 was 92.34 million, up from 88.57 million in in 2007.
From this Yahoo article:
Sotto pointed to data which show a drop in fertility rates to 3.19 births per woman in 2011 from 3.48 in 2000.
“Napakalaki ng ibinaba nito mula sa 7 noong 1960 (This is a significant decline from 7 in 1960),” Sotto said.
He added that population growth decreased to 1.9 percent in 2010, adding that this is lower than 1948’s 2.07 percent.
Experts have also said that areas in the Philippines remain thinly populated, even as the number of persons in urban areas grow, Sotto said.
“Wala po itong kinalaman sa pagtaas o pagbaba ng fertility rate sa bansa (This is not related to the rise or fall in the country’s fertility rates),” he added.
Quoting economist Bernardo Villegas, Sotto instead attributed the problem of overly populated areas in the country to “at least three decades of erroneous policy of utterly neglecting countryside and rural development.”
Sotto went on to say that controlling the Philippine population may even be detrimental as it may weaken the country’s workforce.
He urged the government “learn from the mistakes of other countries” which he claimed now experience the negative effects of an “aging population.”
This is due to these countries’ “aggressive campaign to control the population and their support for contraceptive use,” he said.
I agree with Sen. Sotto. This country is NOT overpopulated. Many stupid pro-RH creatures think this country is “overpopulated” because it is poor! But this country is impoverished not because of so-called “overpopulation”, but because of its failed, repressive economic policies.
Here’s a question for those who naively, stupidly support the RH bill: What’s the ideal population size for this failing country?
According to NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan, the country’s fertility rate must be below the replacement fertility rate of 2.1 percent. But the country’s TFR has been declining over the past decades.
In his appearance before the Senate to brief the senators on the Aquino regime’s proposed annual budget of P2.006 trillion for 2013, Balisacan said that “the Philippines must manage its population and decrease its dependency rates.”
A strong advocate of population control, the neo-Malthusian economist claimed the country’s problem “has more to do with the fertility rate. About a third of economic growth in Asia is due to population management.”
But there is no correlation between economic growth and poverty reduction, or between overpopulation and poverty. Such an alleged correlation is a fallacy. But there exists a correlation between poverty and repressive economic policies, as shown by the ranking of Doing Business and Economic Freedom Index. For instance, top ten countries with the highest fertility rate are Niger, Uganda, Mali, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Ethiopia, and Republic of Congo. What do these countries have in common? They’re all poor. But why are they so poor? They’re poor because of their failed, repressive economic policies.
From the Yahoo article:
As for the RH bill in the Philippines, Sotto said: “[A]ng kalalabasan ay ang paggamit ng birth control bilang instrumento para paliitin ang populasyon (The outcome will be the use of birth control as an instrument to lower the population).”
“[H]indi tayo makabubuo ng ang isang situwasyon kung saan tatapyasin ang laki ng mga pamilya nang hindi pinaliliit ang populasyon ng bansa (We cannot create a situation where the size of the family is reduced without reducing the country’s population),” Sotto added.
Contraception use, like religion, should be a strictly private matter. In socialist countries like China, governments aggressively impose population control measures and laws that violate the rights of their own people. In China, contraception is part of their daily survival. Chinese men and women need to use contraceptives so as not to violate their socialist government’s one-child policy. Government-sponsored crimes in China like forced abortions are prevalent because of its draconian law.
The difference between socialist countries and freer nations is that the former vigorously implement their population control measures. In freer countries like the United States, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, people are free to practice family planning even without aggressive population control laws. For example, Japan now experiences declining birth rate because of its very low employment rate. The Japanese government announced this week that the nation’s unemployment rate hit 4.3 percent last month down from 4.4 percent in May. In fact, the Japanese government encourages its young adults to date and marry.
The reality is: there is high fertility rate in poor countries because of poverty caused by poor economic freedom/openness and failed economic policies, while developed countries have been experiencing declining birth rates.