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Population Pyramid: The Philippines Remains a Nation of Young Filipinos

The issue of reproductive health and population control have been in the news in the Philippines recently because it brought forth many basic principles:

  • Does the individual have the right to exercise free will to think and make decisions that affect their lives?
  • What is the role of the Philippine government in improving the lives of Filipinos?
  • Should the Catholic Church meddle in poliitcal affairs of the Philippines?

Here we use the current "Population Pyramid" of the Philippines to shed more light about the population of the Philippines and how they impact the answer to the above questions.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 October 2010 11:52 )


CBCP: No threat vs Aquino

MANILA, Philippines — After raising a firestorm of protests with his remark that President Benigno Aquino risked excommunication, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Friday said the country’s highest Church body had not contemplated such an action.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 October 2010 05:54 )


Philippines' "President's Fish" Faces Extinction

MANILA, Philippines – The lobed river mullet, Cestraeus plicatilis, is seriously diminishing in number due to overfishing and is facing extinction, according to the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

The species is very valuable in the Philippines – and demand for it is high – because of its ‘unique aroma’ and ‘special taste’.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2010 23:00 )


Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido won the 2010 Magsaysay Award

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation awarded the 2010 Magsaysay Award to the couple Christopher Bernido and Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido  forr  "their purposeful commitment to both science and nation, ensuring innovative, low-cost, and effective basic education even under Philippine conditions of great scarcity and daunting poverty."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2010 20:31 )


Pinay student wins intl photo ‘democracy challenge’

A young boy, carrying a parol, walks to school along a dirt road pockmarked with puddles.

What’s wrong — or rather, what’s right — with this picture? Everything, if we go by the US Department of State’s choice of winning photo.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2010 20:32 )


Facts on Barriers to Contraceptive Use In the Philippines

The review and policy paper from Guttmacher Institute (New York) and Likhaan, May 2010. provides an overview and "facts" on barriers to contraceptive use in the Philippines that became the basis of their recommendations.

One key finding that was not given as much emphasis in this paper, if at all, is a finding from a survey study in the less prosperous areas of Metro Manila and in select rural areas of the countries, that  "only 2% of the respondents who did not use contraceptive was because of the Catholic Church hierararchy's dictum on population and birth control".


Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 00:22 )