Philippines population hits 92M

Apr 9, 2012 Full story: Sun-Star 289

Fifteen million people have been added to the country's population over the last 10 years, with the National Statistics Office recording more than 92 million people as of May 1, 2010.

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#300 Aug 27, 2012
Now, that's a lot. Good thing, the country, as I've heard from the news, is able to keep up with the social crisis brought by the recession. I've known that not only does their international trade business is high, but also their real estate industry.

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#301 Aug 27, 2012
Well, Indonesia's population is 230M+. Asian countries especially the Philippines had been badly hit by this recession. Well, us too. Good thing, our foreign relations in the Philippines is good. Do know that their real estate industry is boosting.
Juan de la Ceuz

Quezon City, Philippines

#302 Aug 28, 2012
Why worry ? Are you afraid They might push you out of the edge someday ? lol There will be no problem of over populating. The weather changes will take care of that with bigger floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and wars (the nuclear kind ) I am all for it, the world is such a mess now anyway. Greedy people, dishonest people, lousy politicians, and immorality. Face it my friend, mankind is doomed !
Juan de la Ceuz

Quezon City, Philippines

#303 Aug 28, 2012
THE pHILIPPINES IS SUCH A HAVEN if not for the governments indifference to squatters who think they own the land they squat on. These and only this eyesore makes others think that we are overpopulated. Go to the country side and see for yourself, rice fields everywhere. In Manila, drive around and see billboards everywhere plus squatters along the main roads and under overpasses... all protegees of Politicians who love to see their voters until next election. That's the plain truth, my kabayans. Overpopulation my eye"
Jose Delprado

Quezon City, Philippines

#304 Aug 28, 2012
For once if we can only make lies a crime, we can easily gain back the time lost in lies made by Politicians all over the Philippines. It has taken roots in our social life so much so that dishonesty has made it it's life partner. Mabuhay ! LOL Clean up Congress and see how our country again becomes the "Pearl of the Orient".//// Ban millionaires in Congress. They are not servants,...they can afford to sit an watch TV all day Why make them richer ?

Trostberg, Germany

#305 Aug 28, 2012
the philippine population doubles every 32 years......the day will come that the prices for filipino children will drop and that the country will become a human spare parts depot. lovely times for pedophiles and ruthless businessmen. so, nothing to worry about....everything will just stay the same

Since: Apr 09

Makati, Philippines

#306 Aug 28, 2012
tonguetwister wrote:
the philippine population doubles every 32 years......the day will come that the prices for filipino children will drop and that the country will become a human spare parts depot. lovely times for pedophiles and ruthless businessmen. so, nothing to worry about....everything will just stay the same
It already is. I have seen many scars on people that sold their kidneys. When I woke up in recovery from my knee replacement surgery the guy next to me just had his removed. It was in a bag on the nurses desk. What a way to wake up from surgery isn't it.

Heinsberg, Germany

#307 Aug 29, 2012
Oooops, Don, this sounds a bit like scary movie.
When people from so-called third-world-countries -or nowadays more modern: developing countries (and the Philippines is just one of them)- realize what they are doing to their descendants? I pity the children while their parents should be whipped until they bleed. And I am afraid of the world coming in which individuals will have less and lesser value the more there are. Brave New World. Soilent Green.

San Francisco, CA

#308 Aug 29, 2012
Trinh D. Nguyen, an economist with HSBC in Hong Kong, said the Philippines had benefited from an increase in government efficiency and revenue collection, as well as aggressive actions to address corruption, like the impeachment of the chief justice of the Supreme Court and the arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on suspicion of accepting kickbacks and of misusing government lottery money.

“It is not only short-term growth that draws investors to the Philippines,” Ms. Nguyen said.“The fundamentals are there.”

But there are also real weaknesses in the country. Recent flooding, which by some estimates submerged 50 percent of Manila, illustrates a shortage of modern infrastructure that makes the Philippines highly vulnerable to disasters.

“The Philippines is hit with several deadly and devastating natural disasters every year,” Ms. Nguyen said.

But government officials have said that the recent flooding might actually help economic growth, because reconstruction will require an increase in public spending and the country will have to put into place programs to make it more resistant to the effects of natural disasters.

Another hurdle is the fact that the Philippines has traditionally underexploited its natural resources. The government estimates that there are 21.5 billion tons of metal deposits in the country, including large deposits of nickel, iron, copper and gold. But they have never been a significant driver of economic growth because extraction has been mismanaged, Mr. Neumann said.

In the shorter term, there are concerns that the country’s newfound prosperity has not sufficiently eradicated poverty.

Other countries in the region, most notably China and Japan, but also Thailand and Vietnam, have successfully developed export-driven manufacturing, bringing millions of people out of poverty and increasing the size of their middle classes. Manufacturing typically draws workers away from agriculture, which pays less. But many of the large foreign companies that financed such transitions to manufacturing in Asia have avoided the Philippines because of periods of political instability.

The service sector — including the young call center workers who were recently reveling in Manila — are helping drive an economic boom in the cities.

But that type of outsourcing still provides only about 1 percent of jobs in the country, according to data from the Asian Development Bank. And the strong sector does not create jobs accessible to farmers or to millions of other Filipinos in rural areas who seek a way out of poverty.

“While the Philippines’ business process outsourcing industry has grown impressively, it still employs a very small portion of the country’s work force,” noted Rajat M. Nag, a managing director of the Asian Development Bank.“It needs to aggressively develop its manufacturing sector to create more jobs.”

On Emerald Avenue in the Ortigas business district of Manila, where hundreds of call center workers pour out of skyscrapers to gossip and smoke, Mika Santos, 18, does not have much to say about the national economy. But she is very happy with her own situation.

After completing a two-year information technology course and passing an exam in English proficiency, she started handling customer service calls for a United States mobile phone company. She earns a comparatively high salary for an entry-level job, and her employer offers incentive bonuses, free meals and shuttle service.

Had she been born a generation earlier, she would most likely have worked as a low-income farmer or gone overseas to find work.“My parents didn’t have any opportunity like this,” she said.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: August 27, 2012

An earlier version of this article misstated the Philippines’ rank among world economies as 112, rather than 44.

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