Philippines: Why Population Matters – Now More than Ever

August 21, 2010 • Philippines, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.

From the window of the house in Pasay where she was born and has lived for more than 80 years, Dr. Mercedes B. Concepcion has witnessed firsthand the burgeoning growth of the country’s population.

Once upon a time, this was a genteel neighborhood, the suburbs to which prominent families
moved to escape the congestion of the city. Now it has been engulfed by the sea of teeming humanity that is Metro Manila.

“Look at all the side streets and see how many children are on them,” she says.

It is both appropriate and ironic, since Concepcion is the country’s foremost demographer. (Demography is the statistical study of human populations.) Last February, she was conferred the rank and title of National Scientist in recognition of her achievements in the field of demographics and population, which include several landmark studies on population growth in the Philippines and Asia, and the establishment of the UP Population Institute.

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