Population growth, ‘manageable’ sa pamamagitan ng nat’l programs

Population growth, ‘manageable’ sa pamamagitan ng nat’l programs

August 15, 2022 @ 5:20 PM 2 months ago

MANILA, Philippines- Kayang pangasiwaan ng bansa ang population growth nito sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na implementasyon ng family planning at reproductive health programs.

“Ideally, a population growth rate of 1 percent can maintain a good number of effective workers who can support older, retired, or partly retired seniors,” ayon kay Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Executive Director Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III.

“Conditions will get worse if the country keeps growing at a rate of 1.6 percent, which was seen before the Covid-19 pandemic,” anito.

“This effective workforce is crucial not only to support pensions of older Filipinos but also to cover increasing costs of geriatric health care and social services for disabled and isolated older Filipinos,” ang pahayag pa rin ni Perez.

Base sa 2020 Census of Population and Housing na isinagawa ng Philippine Statistics Authority, ang percentage share ng mga kabataang pinoy na may edad na 5 pababa ay bumaba ng 10.2% noong 2020 mula 10.8% noong 2015 at 12.6% noong 2000.

“The decreasing number of children is indicative of the choice of women and couples to have smaller families with just two children at the most,” ayon kay Perez.

“Worldwide as well, the trend in the last half century is for smaller families. The number of seniors is on the rise due to better health and socioeconomic conditions. Seniors are better educated and have healthier lifestyles,” aniya pa rin sabay sabing “the relatively large numbers in the age group 5 to 14 who will gradually join the workforce up to 2035 can be an advantage or a disadvantage.”

“Policies which take advantage of this potential can reap a demographic dividend during this period, with policies to increase the employability of the young and women, greater entrepreneurship, incentives for local MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), and increasing financial literacy. The bane of social unrest and instability will result from increasing poverty in the general population and joblessness among the young Filipinos,” litaniya ni Perez.

Ang kasalukuyang situwasyon aniya sa Pilipinas bilang “demographic window of opportunity”, ay nakita rin sa mga bansang Europa, North at South America, West, at iba pang Southeast Asian countries.

Ang demographic dividend o window of opportunity ay ” period during which a country’s population experiences age structures that are highly favorable for development.” Kris Jose