Day by day population in the Philippines is increasing, and this causes many social, economic, and pollution problems.The rice shortage that the Philippines is currently experiencing is the result of its exploding population.The country is quickly running out of land and all other needed resources to house, feed, educate, and otherwise care for its almost hundred million Filipinos.
The major effect of overpopulation in our country is unemployment. First of all, there aren’t enough sources of jobs in the Banana Republic of Donya, so only the most prepared at may kapit people get a job.This is a great social and economic problem because people who don’t work are busy making babies and they get frustrated if they can’t support their families.
The effect of overpopulation is the low quality of public services. Natural resources, like water or food, aren’t enough for so many people, so there is a lot of thirst and hunger in the country. Also, the level of education is quite low because there are a lot of children or young people who must study, and there are not enough schools or teachers na bulakboleros con bulakboleras. The same happens with health; hospitals aren’t capable of giving attention to all the people who need it, so there are a lot of diseases.
The most significant effect of overpopulation is the high level of pollution. Because a great number of rich people must go by car to their jobs at the same time the poor catch the bus or any public transportation, amazing traffic jams are caused. This, together with the noise caused by cars and people, causes a great amount of pollution. Also, every day people generate a lot of trash, and this pollutes both water and ground. Continued rapid population growth is draining health and economic resources and slowing down economic growth. It also threatens the sustainability of rural livelihoods and is inexorably destroying the remaining natural forest and marine habitats. The poor are paying the highest price, both individually and collectively.
In trying to understand the Philippine population problem, it becomes apparent that the problem is more pronounced the lower the social rung one goes. The poorest of the poor tend to have more children compared to the middle and upper classes of society and their logic behind the large family is this: the more children you have the greater the chance that one or more of them will become successful enough to pull you and the rest of the family out of poverty. In addition, parents in the Philippines also look to their kids as the ones who will take care of them in their old age. Thus, the more kids they have, the more caretakers they will have in their twilight years.
The Catholic Church against all forms of artificial birth control, and you realize that it is almost impossible for a weak and hobbled administration like the Arroyo administration to take any concrete steps to stem the country’s runaway population growth. For any foreigner or balikbayan, the sheer number of people in Metro Manila is enough to overwhelm the senses. Everywhere you look, you see hundreds of people in the streets, at all times of the day or night. Piles of garbage, polluted sewers, smog from cars, trucks, and jeepneys, and now rice and other agriculture products are no longer able to keep up with the increasing demands of an exploding population.
It is not going to be easy, and it is not going to be quick, but something has to be done to bring the Philippine’s runaway population growth under control. We owe it to the future generations of Filipinos who may be forced to live in poverty and squalor. We owe it to the millions of young graduates who cannot find jobs here at home and are forced to work overseas. We owe it to our children who expect us to fix the problem and not just pass on a bigger problem to them.