Family planning to pay ‘demographic dividend’

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MANILA, Philippines—Family planning will result in a “demographic dividend” that could drive the economic growth of developing countries like the Philippines, according to a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.

The State of World Population 2012 report said one-third of the growth of the Asian “tiger” economies was due to a demographic shift in which the number of income-generating adults became higher than those depending on them for support.

“This shift… was a consequence of family planning and brought increased productivity, leading to economic development in the region,” the UNFPA said in a statement.

The report said that greater access to family planning could improve the well-being of women, men, children and increased opportunities to invest in schooling and other forms of human capital. This would result in greater participation in labor markets, increasing productivity and raising incomes, savings, and investment.

“Declines in mortality, followed by declines in fertility, lead to changes in the age-structure of the population and also produces an aggregate ‘demographic dividend’ at the level of countries,” the report said.

While in the early stages of the demographic transition—when the share of the population that is young starts to grow—countries may be required to spend more on schools, health clinics, housing, and other infrastructure, but this eventually pays off in the long-term, according to the report.

“This relocation of resources towards the young, who consume but do not produce, may not be conducive to immediate improvements in economic growth rates,” the report said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Cue idiots who think they know more about demographics and economics than the UN.

    Or idiots who think the UN is part of a massive conspiracy to destroy the Philippines.

    • andrew lim

      That’s @Mang Teban, @bgcorg, @just another person, @d2yan, @boy palaban. Wala na nga silang matinong credential, nang-question pa ng UN at WHO at DOH. Imagine questioning my ex-prof Diokno about budgets!

      Ignorance is dangerous!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        Cool, UPSE ka?  Anong batch?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SHJZR76LIZ3P6EC3DHL5RKXKAU Sargo

     If UN can just fund the Philippines Family Planning then wala pang magrereklamo

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      Why should they be doing that, when it’s the Philippines’ primary responsibility to help itself?

      If a country decided to ignore all empirical evidence in favor of medieval age fanaticism, I’d honestly let it rot too.

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        To quote Joss Whedon, “The enemy of humanism is not faith. The enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person in the world. That is what we have to fight. Faith is something we have to embrace. Faith in god means believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers.”

  • bgcorg

    There appears something so very wrong to imply that investment in children because they are not yet economically productive but weigh on consumption does not contribute to “immediate economic growth rates.”  Without a steady and balanced “population growth rate” the people of any country will degenerate, atrophy and die.  This is a necessary growth cycle in the life of every man!  He is first a child needing nourishment, education, the love and support of parent and the community before he could be productive.  When he ceases to be “productive,” society and the immediate community have a responsibility towards him. Infant mortality and fertility rates are only some of the realities that need “improving” for the better and cannot be ignored; but the genuine growth and human development of people also require other elements, among which are moral, human and spiritual values.

    Internationally, the economic performance of the country is hailed and attribution of this extraordinary performance of the country, despite the debt crisis affecting advanced economies, has been given to our young, vibrant work force domestically and in foreign lands, fuelling consumption that drives the economy and further production.  It is realistic to look at things in their entirety because they are interrelated, and one depends on the others.  For example, had we adopted some 14 years ago an aggressive, legislated birth control program for our fragile economy then, we wouldn’t have this decided advantage over other more developed economies today.  The idea is to improve on health, education, social services and housing, develop the country with economic policies and management that is “Christian” despite the secularist and materialistic pressures, provide stable and sustainable jobs and livelihood opportunities, spread the blessings of democracy to “neglected” areas of the archipelago, under the guideposts of properly understood freedoms, sustainable progress free from corruption, towards a just social order for all.  After all, it is the objective of all temporal states to achieve social justice for its constituents.

    If these comments sounded “too Catholic” for some, it might be good to remind them that Catholic teaching only reinforces natural known truths based on the nature of man himself.  These common sense truths are almost innate to every man who, on deeper reflection, would be naturally aware of that inner “oughtness” to do what is right and to avoid all that is evil. He would naturally appreciate at once that he is obliged not to do bad or evil to others when he does not want evil or bad things done to him, either.  The problem starts when man excludes God from the equation of his life.  He would then, in all probability, throw all morality and “oughtness” out the window and assume that he is his own god and that he alone is the supreme arbiter of life and death. Man should be more “reasonable” and recognize his own limits. Be open to life!     

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      So much gibberish, so little said.

      You don’t know more about development than the UN.  Repeat that to yourself until you understand that people who actually work in this field miiiiiight know better than you about the matter.  If you actually want to debate this point, I’d like you to flat out state that you think you know more about country development than the UN, just so everybody knows what kind of lunacy we’re dealing with here.

      As for the second paragraph, do you REALLY think that having more street children helps the economy?  Because you start that paragraph off with one of the dumbest conclusions I’ve ever seen, even from you.  That’s right up there with the ‘Singapore has higher population density, so more people = more prosperity’ fallacy you lot throw around.

      Oh, and decreasing corruption, inspiring faster growth, and creating more jobs would be great, but it’s all very much a case of easier said than done.  They’d be investments that are both riskier and more expensive than the RH Bill would be, so weigh the RH Bill on it’s own merits instead of comparing it to a pipe dream.

      As for it being ‘too Catholic’, I disagree.  No diatribe that advocates social inequality and the continuation of poverty is Catholic, in my eyes.  You are absolutely sickening.

    • tadasolo

      what is evil is to let a de facto government the CBCP and its minions influencing and controlling our lives the last 500 years by injecting to our minds the threat of eternal suffering. what is evil to let millions and millions of Filipinos live in subhuman condition while the bishops live in luxury and have the nerve to collect money from poor people so they get the “promise” blessings. the gods must be laughing at us when surrounding countries who are non christians are so blessed and we send our OFWs to work as domestic workers to be abuse like slaves. this is what you and the bishops are actively supporting as a sure sign of overpopulation to let 10,000,000 OFW work outside the country so that 90,000,000 Filipinos at home can directly benefit from their suffering. THIS IS THE MOST EVIL THING

    • kanoy

       QUOTE>>There appears something so very wrong to imply that investment in
      children because they are not yet economically productive but weigh on
      consumption does not contribute to “immediate economic growth rates.” What ”investments” are we making in our children right here in the Philippines? the very aspect that our largest export our largest form of GDP is the OFW clearly shows we rely on other countries investments in their children and not our own…our grossly overcrowded and hideously underfunded public school system…to QUOTE  
      The Crisis of Public Education in the Philippines

      By Ronald MeinardusBrain drain. Apart from the much debated political, social
      and psychological aspects, this ongoing mass emigration constitutes
      an unparalleled brain drain with serious economic implications.

      Arguably, the phenomenon also has an educational dimension, as
      the Philippine society is footing the bill for the education of
      millions of people, who then spend the better part of their productive
      years abroad. In effect, the poor Philippine educational system
      is indirectly subsidizing the affluent economies hosting the OFWs.

    • AntonioPeYangIII

      bgcorg, your “Catholic” teachings let Savita Halappanavar suffer and die from a miscarriage.

      The doctors could have aborted the child – which was a nonviable pregnancy anyway – and saved the woman’s life, but instead waited several days until they could no longer detect a fetal heartbeat. By then Savita’s, body was already ravaged by Septicemia, a complication resulting from miscarriage 

      There was no medically justifiable reason for doctor not to intervene in Savita’s case, and he was brazen enough to refuse because he claimed that Ireland was “A Catholic country.”
      So pardon me if I think that self-righteous god-botherers like you are murderers and hypocrites, and that you deserve nothing but contempt and scorn. There is much else I want to say at people like you, in my anger, but I’d rather be civil about this. Your Catholics “morals” kills people. There is no getting around that. 

    • AntonioPeYangIII

      // For example, had we adopted some 14 years ago an aggressive, legislated birth control program for our fragile economy then, we wouldn’t have this decided advantage over other more developed economies today.  //

      Fast forward to today, and we now have some of the highest incidences of maternal deaths and teen pregnancies in the region. And for what? A promise of economic gain that has yet to materialize? Try telling that to the women in the slums. 

      It doesn’t sound very Christian to put money ahead of human lives, my friend. 

    • AntonioPeYangIII

      //  The problem starts when man excludes God from the equation of his life.  He would then, in all probability, throw all morality and “oughtness” out the window and assume that he is his own god and that he alone is the supreme arbiter of life and death. Man should be more “reasonable” and recognize his own limits. Be open to life!     //

      I vehemently disagree. I think the problem begins when religion is shoehorned into topics best left to secular thought. Like medicine and science.
      Your mistake is in assuming that godlessness equates to lack of morals. If that’s the case, then kindly explain why the Scandinavian nations, all of which have high concentrations of atheists in their populace, also have among the lowest crime rates in the world?Conversely, look at us. Asia’s only predominantly Catholic nation, and yet one of its most corrupt. And that corruption isn’t just endemic in our politics – The Pajero Bishops are still fresh in our memory. 

    • AntonioPeYangIII

      //  The idea is to improve on health, education, social services and housing, develop the country with economic policies and management that is “Christian” despite the secularist and materialistic pressures, provide stable and sustainable jobs and livelihood opportunities, spread the blessings of democracy to “neglected” areas of the archipelago, under the guideposts of properly understood freedoms, sustainable progress free from corruption, towards a just social order for all.//

      You claim to fight for these, and yet people like you oppose the RH Bill, which was explicitly meant to provide our people with the education, and social services they need to make informed choices on their family planning. Virtually every credible study has already shown that an RH program is instrumental in preventing more maternal deaths and the spread of STDs and AIDs, but instead of actually facing the facts, people like you retreat into your gibberish and empty platitudes. 

  • mangtom

    Jose and Andrew Lim, mabuti nga at you are questioning the credibility, credentials and knowledge of bcorg, MangTeban, boywalang panglaban, @justanotherperson, kasi buga sila ng buga. Baka sila ay graduate ng University of Google. I hope not WanBull(sh1t)-that would be more scary. Let us hear from them and we will be convinced Otherwise, baka plagiarism lahat ito, gaya ng gawa ng bossing nilang S-otot. If that is so, it’s all hogwash.

    • andrew lim

      Actually, I apologize if my comments below seem to be too harsh.

      Bgcorg below actually argues quite well, even if you dont agree with him. It was Mang Teban who sounded so haughty yesterday. As for the others, they resort to one liner comments without much substance.

  • Facile1

    Hmmmm. Liberal economists don’t believe in FREE markets and markets are a function of demographics. I guess if one regards the planet as unsustainable; then yes, ‘more people’ only means less to go around. However, if one looks at people as the LABOR necessary to sustain the planet, then one will choose to invest in EDUCATION instead of population control.

    To advocate for the RH Bill betrays a limited imagination. This is not surprising, of course, because RH Bill proponents think theirs is the only intelligence that matters.

    In the final analysis, once the planet is depopulated, only GOD will remain. And HE can always start over if HE wishes. HE actually does not need us and never did.

  • just_anotherperson

    There is really no reason why we should engage in lengthy discussions because the RH Bill is dead, at least for this Congress.  The pro-RH can make all sorts of media stunts but it wont change the situation.

    • AntonioPeYangIII

      //The pro-RH can make all sorts of media stunts but it wont change the situation.//

      Cupcake, it wasn’t our champion who got called out by Kerry Kennedy for plagiarism. And it certainly wasn’t our our side who’s resorting to the delaying tactics.  

  • CyberPinoy

    kung talagang desedido so Penoy dapat i-declare na nya na priority bill ang RH Bill.  Ang nangyayari kasi tumatagal yung pag pasa ng bill hangang sa pag may bago na presidente baka ma-scrap na ito ng tuluyan pag yung pumalit anti-RH.  

    RH Bill should be passed into law ASAP! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    GO RH!!!

    Majority of Pinoys want it.

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