ERAP on population control

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The government’s population policy was under fire in May this year after President Estrada issued apparently conflicting statements on the matter. The President said that increased food production and not birth control was the answer to the nation’s economic problems. His statement, as reported by the media, gave an impression that the present leadership ignores population control as a potent solution to the problem on poverty.

Later in the month, however, the President declared that, with the country’s 2.3 percent population growth rate, the number of Filipinos would rise to more than 100 million in 25 years. He said that, in effect, no matter how high the country’s production is, if the production of children is also high, then the country would always be short of its basic needs.

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