The health bill is probably one of the most controversial changes in recent Philippines history based on introduction of things like sexual education, condoms and an understanding of sexually transmitted diseases most of which has been ignored in the country in the past. But the big question is it the solution to the Philippines problems or will it make no difference whatsoever?
I often sit and talk with my wives friends all are working and generally well educated the Philippines is famous for its large families yet here we find most have a maximum of two children if any at all. Truth of the matter is these are what would be the middle class society in the Philippines something nobody really notices as everyone talks of rich and poor not the people in the middle not sure what the difference in their understanding of religion and sexual preferences but they generally have smaller families. Head up to a shanty you start to see families of 6, 7 or more but these are also the grounds of the church as you don’t have to travel far to find a chapel or other house of worship which does bring the question is it the fact the church are amongst the worst educated in the country that is making the problem worse? On top of that there is support by American church groups based on pro-life although pushing anti-abortion its interference in local issues as well as funding is well known and most of the time is not “anti-abortion” orientated.
Education seems to be the key to reductions on population growth but it won’t stop poverty in a country riddled with corruption and powerful families that keep a grip on all the countries resources. Many of the countries problems come down to people being inactive in posts and government buildings full of ghost employees these issues cannot be fixed in a day and very unlikely to change in the future. Removing Aid and international funding due to corruption and false accounting would remove the burden of the Philippines people from the international community back to the Philippines government and the same should be done in many other countries. Humanitarian aid just props up corrupt governments removing aid forces the country to act or react to solve its own issues. Many of these aid projects are done to stabilise a nation to allow extraction of natural resources for the benefit of foreign companies.
If people think the health bill will fix the Philippines then all I can say is you will sorely disappointed. The churches will still carry out their work and in a country where religion takes precedence over common sense for many its unlikely to even make a dent.