The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reminds everyone to be responsible this coming February 14, Valentine’s Day. While the government agency says there’s nothing wrong with showing your love on this special season, every Filipino should be aware about population growth.
“All of us want to feel and express the love, and it’s very much normal. But still, we should be responsible enough if we really love our partner.” DOH Acting Secretary Janette L. Garin told reporters on Monday, adding that people should realize that love can be shared in many ways.
“People can celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging gifts, watching a concert or a movie, or probably enjoy a romantic dinner. In fact, couples can also stay at home and have a solemn moment. But before you make a decision, think of the possible consequences.” Garin added.
The DOH acting head reminded the public that population growth is a huge problem in our country, noting that many poor families are ignoring it. She noted that although it is the responsibility of the government to provide the basic services, every Filipino should also do their part to help themselves.
Despite the strong opposition of the Catholic Church, the controversial RH Bill was signed into law by President Nonynoy Aquino on December 21, 2012. The now Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354) allows full access on contraceptives and maternal care.
According to the data as of July 1 2014, there are around 100,096,496 Filipinos in the Philippines alone. This is equivalent to 1.38% of the total world population, with the country now ranking 12th in the list of countries by population. Nearly half of the country’s population lives in urban areas.
As of posting, Philippines has an estimated population of 101, 802,706 with an average increase of 1.72% every year since 2010. Based on forecast, the country will have an estimated population of 110,403,723 in 2020. The 2014 population density in the country Philippines is 334 people per sq km.
With the presence of social media especially Facebook, local experts say that more and more Filipinos find love via the Internet. This scenario suggests that many young people (especially students) can easily meet someone online whom they think is their true love and easily be aggressive.
“If we really want our economy to grow, we should start at home. Parents should not only guide their teenagers; they themselves should also be aware that population growth leads to more mouths to feed. We should not always depend on the government.” Economist Solita “Mareng Winnie” Monsod told TN.
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