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Population and progress

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When I started writing about population issues, during the term of the late President Cory Aquino in the late 1980s, the estimate of most experts, given the prevailing fertility rate, was one million Filipinos being born each year.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rapid road to demographic suicide

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Whatever happens to the RH Law, our leaders in the next five to 10 years must make sure that no program to aggressively promote a contraceptive mentality among the poor will be part of the implementing rules and regulations. We cannot make the same mistakes of China and Thailand, which are now on an irreversible road to demographic suicide because of the birth control programs their governments pursued just 20 to 30 years ago.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

More useless information

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In April 1886 the Japanese consul in Hong Kong arrived in Manila to look into commercial conditions in the Spanish Philippines and assess the necessity of opening a consulate there. Minami Taisuke met with the governor-general, an assortment of Spanish officials, and notable businessmen and citizens. He communicated through a Spanish interpreter, but with the consuls of foreign countries in Manila he spoke in English.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A ‘silent crisis’

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The numbers alone paint an alarming picture. Between the years 2000 and 2010, pointed out Carmelita Ericta, administrator of the National Statistics Office, the number of babies born to teenage mothers (aged 15-19 years) rose from 7.1 percent to 11.7 percent.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pinoy generations

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I’ve been preparing for a lecture on demography (the study of populations) and anthropology (the study of culture). One of the case studies I’ll be using is that of American-coined generations of “baby boomers,” “Gen X” and the “millennials.” The premise here is that a shared exposure to key historical events, social developments, even technological change, results in a generational culture.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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