by Mila D. Aguilar
CIA World Factbook, which recently received a beautiful makeover AND 2010 estimates as well.
The first figure is our population: 97,976,603 by July 2010 estimates.
Does it look like we’re jostling each other out of space?
Of course, population control proponents can very well say we will, if we don’t make our people stop doing babies.
Let’s look at another figure, then:
The CIA World Factbook, latest version, says that our population growth rate is 1.957% (2010 est.). In the chart of national population growth rates, we are number 63.
United Arab Emirates, with 3.69% -- 2.74% above ours. There are 12 countries in the 3% and up category.
We are the first country in the category just below 2%. In our category of 1.96% (Philippines)-1.05% (Argentina), there are a total of 65 countries.
In the category of NIL growth, 0 to -7.8, there are a total of 36 countries.
In other words, out of a total of 233 nations of the world, 107, or almost 46% -- approaching half of the countries of the world -- are in danger of not reproducing at all!
The rest of the world, 65 countries in all or 27.89%, are in a more comfortable margin of reproducing just enough manpower to take over its future! We are in that batch, albeit with the highest population growth rate -- in that batch.
Couldn’t that be another way of looking at world population data with the latest CIA figures?
Now here are even more shocking figures:
Our birth rate is 26.01 births/1,000 population (2010 est.) We are number 64 there. But do you know what our infant mortality rate is? It’s 20.56 deaths/1,000 live births, of which we are number 102 in the world. So how many of those 26.01 births actually survive the world?
3.23 children born/woman (2010 est.)?
So what is all that ruckus about the Reproductive Health bill for? Do we even need it? Haven’t our horrorable senators and congressmen checked the CIA World Factbook yet? Has Carlos Celdran?