PH could be the next Somalia if RH Bill is not passed, says population expert

If the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill remains on the Congress back burner and the country’s population continues to grow, the Philippines may end up a failed state like Somalia by 2050, reports Inquirer.net.

"The consequences of having perhaps 160 million people in 40 years time are very, very somber," American population expert Malcolm Potts said during a conference at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati. "Unless the RH bill goes through and unless you are able to offer the poorest economic quintile the choices that they deserve, then people will be poorer. You will be importing food; you will be more like Somalia than Thailand."

Potts also mentioned worse economic, environmental, and national security problems if the Philippine population balloons to the projected 160 million. "I think these (data) charts should give us all nightmares," Inquirer.net quoted him.

According to the report, Potts works for the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability of the University of California.

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