Archive for the ‘Large Families’ Category

Mayhem Rules for Filipina Mom in Shanty Baby Boom

Catholic opposition has kept a Philippines birth-control law passed in 2012 from reaching the women in shanties, where the birth rate is booming. Our reporter visits a woman who wanted three children and wound up with eight, aged 2 to 21.

Teresita Buctot, 46, with her 4-year-old son Brian on her lap and 20-year-old son Albert and his child behind her, in their home in Quezon City, Philippines. (WEN/Iris Gonzales)

Published: March. 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM By Iris Gonzales

QUEZON CITY, Philippines {WOMENSENEWS}–The smell of a simmering pot of rice wafts in the air in this slapdash shanty of sticks and plywood, here in a slum dwelling in the northern part of Quezon City, Philippines.

Teresita “Tes” Buctot, 46, calls her son Keith to put out the fire. Keith is 12 but looks half his age because of malnutrition. He is carrying his 2-year-old sister Rhea, impossibly heavy for his thin and lanky frame, drooping in his oversized royal blue shirt. He puts her down on the rickety wooden staircase and turns on the battered television before rushing to the cooking area, now hazy with smoke. Rhea sobs uncontrollably and cries out to mama.

But Buctot has her hands full, preparing to wash heaps of laundry scattered on the floor; shirts, blankets, a pink bra, some worn-out men’s jeans, too. She calls Jon, another son, 6 years old, to attend to Rhea and wipe her runny nose.

Welcome to mayhem, Buctot’s home, here in a shanty community filled with sacks of colored plastic bags recycled from trash.

Buctot, a plump woman with some strands of gray hair, whirls of dark eye bags, chipped-off fuchsia toenail polish and a light purple shirt that reads Princess, is mother to eight children, aged 2 to 21.
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The Cycle of Poverty and Pregnancy

By Erik De Castro OCTOBER 2, 2012

By Erik de Castro

It was a few minutes before 6 a.m. when I arrived at the dwelling of Liza Cabiya-an, 39, and her 14 children. Liza was pouring coffee on a plate of rice as her five small children, including her youngest 11-month-old baby, huddled on the floor around her waiting to be served their breakfast. On a good day, Liza says breakfast would be pan de sal, or the classic Filipino salt bread, which they dip into hot instant coffee.

While the small children have their breakfast, Liza’s nine other children were still asleep, shoulder-to-shoulder, in a room of approximately 9-square meters.

The only appliances they have are the television and a DVD player. The glassless window provides natural ventilation to the space. Liza’s family lives on the third floor of a three-story tenement in a slum neighborhood in Paco, in the Philippines capital Manila. I had to go up a narrow wooden ladder to reach their dwelling. Residents of the tenement share the same toilet, which is on the second floor. Liza complains that there are nights when they have to endure the stink of the toilet, which is not regularly cleaned.

“Life is hard with so many children but we still try to have fun,” says Liza as she turns on the TV, inserts a music CD in the DVD player and, as if on cue, the little kids start to dance. The noise wakes up the rest of the brood. “I still remember the names and birthdays of each of them,” Liza boasts with a grin, revealing her decaying teeth. After a while, she turns off the music and half-jokingly says, “That’s it for now. Too much activity will make them hungry again.”
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Our Population is Ticking, Ticking, and Ticking Fast

by Eusebio Seballos on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 1:12am

We feel and know that everyday life in the Philippines particularly in our cities is increasingly more dense, with more births.

Think about the population like a clock. It is ticking and ticking fast. The clock says that in 2011, the population was 103,775,002 (July 2011 est. from These year, it is 105,681,347(July 2012 my estimate based on population growth rate, r=1.9%). With each passing day, almost 5466 more births is added to our population.

By my estimation, our population will double to 208 million between 40 to 50 years using my derived formula of t = 70/r, where r is 1.9 (expressed as population growth rate without the percent).


(Video) Siksikan sa Bayan ni Juan

by JB URIETA Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:14 AM

A documentary about overpopulation in the Philippines

(Video) Inside a Busy Philippines Maternity Ward

15 December 2011 Last updated at 05:01 GMT

The Philippine government has put forward a bill to provide free contraception to those who want it.

The authorities are keen to reduce the birth rate, one of the highest in Asia.

They are facing powerful opposition from the Catholic Church, which says that contraception is against the will of God.

But supporters of the bill say one only needs to go to a maternity ward like the one at Jose Fabella Hospital in Manila, to see just how urgently it is needed.

Christina was one of just three nurses on duty when the BBC’s Kate McGeown visited.

(Click on the link below to see the video)

(Video) Overpopulation in the Philippines

Uploaded by supremedaniel1 on Jul 22, 2011

Overpopulation will result boost the economic growth or encourage poverty?

(Video) Population Explosion – Philippines

Uploaded by journeymanpictures on May 11, 2011

September 1999 – In 1999 the population of the Philippines stood at 65 million but by the year 2020 this could have doubled. The government says this will be a catastrophe.