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Sterile Pinoys: Final solution to RP's food crisis?
By Aurelio A. Pena
DAVAO CITY, July 14 (a)
To solve the country’s worsening food crisis, all Filipino males should be "sterilized" by law to stop them for producing more babies.
This was one of the many suggestions made during the recent Davao regional meeting of the Economic Development Council (EDC) at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Dr. Rodolfo Lopez, head of the regional agricultural and fisheries council (RAFC) under the Department of Agriculture (DA), told Davao EDC members that the Philippine population program of the government was a "total failure" because it failed to stop the "runaway population growth" of the Philippines.
The Philippine population has been rising steadily and continuously at an average of two to three percent over the last 10 years, according to the National Statistics Office.
"Condoms are absolutely useless! We've been using condoms to control population for many years -- they never seem to work! Our population is still growing," says Lopez whose job at RAFC is to keep increasing the population of fish in the country to feed more Filipinos.
Food production, according to Lopez, has now been overtaken by population growth in a span of two decades and saw the "desperate need" to cut down the rate of the country's population drastically to allow the rate of food production to catch up.
Lopez urged Congress to pass a law requiring "compulsory vasectomy" for all sexually-active Filipino males who are now being blamed for "endangering the food security of the country."
In a vasectomy, a man's ability to produce semen after sexual intercourse is made useless after a minor, painless operation. Majority of Filipino men, however, has rejected this birth control method.
"The solution is simple -- if there's less population in this country, there will be less demand for food. If there's less demand for food, then there won't be any food crisis," Lopez said.
This solution was endorsed by the Department of Agriculture regional technical director Romulo Falcon as "one of the major suggestions that will be considered" during a nationwide food security conference in Manila.
"This is one of the best solutions. We'll look into this and study its possibilities in the overall food security of the country," Falcon said.
The EDC meeting in Davao was called by Undersecretary of Trade Merly Cruz to discuss the country's problem of food security amidst the rice crisis and gathered all kinds of suggestions to solve the country's food security.
"We'll listen to all kinds of suggestions and consider these inputs from the region in our effort to find ways to solve the food crisis," Cruz said.
EDC is composed of selected government regional directors, city and provincial officials and leaders from the business sector.
Other EDC suggestions offered during the meeting also included the following: 1) urge farmers nationwide to grow hybrid rice; 2) continue government subsidy for farmer's fertilizers; 3) urge people to mix camote, cassava, cardaba banana or corn with rice to reduce demand for rice; 4) cut down post-harvest losses; and 5) come up with a rice sufficiency program for the next five years. (PNA)