Fw: Update on the Philippines
From the New Mexico RPCV group
Date: Friday, June 22, 2012, 8:17 PMHello Everyone-We Philippines RPCVs have been worried about the situation in the Phils. The BBC did a story a few days ago, with an interview with the president, Benigno Aquino Jr.:The BBC did a story on the population crisis in the Phils- and the fight between pres. Aquino and the church over birth control.. It's not good at all- very not good. They visited a maternity hospital- total chaos. Aquino mentioned needing 140,000 more classrooms and teachers- the huge numbers of people are having the effect of fewer and fewer kids going to school- meaning they are going backwards. And it appears the country HAS tripled in pop since 1980- from maybe 35 million to 100 million in 30 years. In a habitable area the size of Indiana. Manila metro area much like London, 30 million+ pop. The story mentioned the average woman STILL has 11 live births. Median age around 14. There are millions of abandoned/orphaned children living on the streets- that's never good. Nothing has changed since 1980 except they now have 3 times more people. They are speeding towards the event horizon of not being able to produce enough food. They may be forced into a marshal law situation soon. The BBC said only 7% of the pop have enough food, medical care, etc. There is no middle class. I would like to go and install PV systems in villages there, but it may be impossible if the general infrastructure is breaking down. No rich country wants to tackle this now- There is no clear solution. The Phils is now far worse off than India ever was. Should the Catholic church bear any responsibility for this? In 1948 the country had the best standard of living in SE Asia, as reported in Natl. Geo. You are the best and brightest when it comes to helping developing countries- Can you see a clear path for the country to pull out of this nose dive ?
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