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Population poverty and education have formed complex cause-and-effect relationships in the past few years Issues involving these three components continue to be the root of all debates here in the Philippines Issues were raised regarding which component the government must focus more to stabilize the economic status of the Philippines This is what the first part of the paper seeks to show that population must be number one on governments checklist Population and education problems became a big issue in the Philippines during the late 1990s It had been debated whether better education will lead to a lower population growth rate or a lower population growth rate will increase the quality of education In an article of The Philippine Star Jerrold W Huguet said that the government must focus start on resolving education-related problems since there were studies which showed that educated women have fewer children Rimando 18 However studies of the Commission on Population POPCOM showed that the government has not been able to cope with the increase of the student population each year Jaymalin 4 This continuing increase of the student population prevents the government from providing a good quality education for all A Cruz 4 Population and poverty issues have also been controversial Issues were raised regarding the role of population in order to reduce poverty In an article by Luis Teodoro he said that lowering the population growth rate may not be a solution to poverty He also said that high population growth rates seem to be only a part of the poverty syndrome 9 However recent studies made by POPCOM show that population and poverty are always interrelated and that the rise in the whole population always results to an increase of the population below the poverty line Rapid 12 According to POPCOM although the poverty level of the Philippines went down from 44 last 1985 to 33 at present this decrease can not be accounted of because the
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