May 3, 2011 1:20am CST
For countries like Japan, Australia and Canada which has lesser population, they offer an incentive bonus to couple to encourage them to have babies after marriage. But for overpopulated countries, they give incentives or cash bonuses for delaying having a children. Maybe this policy would also be applicable here in the Philippines to control the population. I do hope we could also have funding for this. But then, the worst scenario here is that younger couples could not even afford to have a wedding. And young mothers age could go as young as 14 years old. They are not even aware of their responsibilities. They don't even know how to take care of themselves while being pregnant.
3 May 11
So you see, the above countries are offering that baby bonus, because they want their country to have more people. It's because people there , are so career oriented that they enjoy their career so much . As a result , they delay their marrying age and when they marry, some would still delay having a baby until they are fully established on their financial capacity as married couples. In our country , even if it's already overpopulated , population still grows rampantly because of unwanted pregnancies. Teenagers would accidentally get pregnant by their boyfriends. When they decide to have the baby , the teenagers would stay by their parents and would soon again be producing babies. How i wish the RH bill could really help for preventing those types of pregnancies.
• United States
7 May 11
There are a lot of pros and cons to these incentitives for sure. I can understand the reasons behind the government trying to control the population growth, but at the same time, it can lead to some negative outcomes. It really does depend on how the people take the incentives. I sometimes wonder if people here don't sometimes have children for incentive purposes. Free medical insurance, free housing, and free food are just a few resources offered to single mothers and low income families. Not everyone that really needs it gets it..but it seems the ones that take advantage of it come out on top.
5 May 11
It is important for every country to have babies so there continues to be a population in the future. Some countries have a low population so wish to have more babies in order to increase the population in the future. Australia has a migration policy and attracts skilled migrants. In Australia most people live close to the coast. The polulation is highest in New South Wales. I imagine in Canada most people live close to Toronto or Vancouver. A baby bonus seems a lovelym idea. Though in an overcrowded country it is less easy to make people not have babies. China had the one child policy. In the Philippines Manila has a high population. I don't think the Philippines has enough money to control population increasing or staying the same.
3 May 11
I think it will be a good idea to implement this in my country India. I think we stand no 2 in population. Also we have many people who are below poverty line. This would be helpful for them. But i think now a days people are aware of overpopulating the country and are not having more than two children.
3 May 11
The Philippines really in need of population control. Unfortunately there are sectors that against to it.Its Really hard to debate on them. They say that they are pro life but there are lot of children who are suffering from malnutrition, cannot go to school, and die from sickness without any treatment given.... Good luck to the "hope of our nation" as Dr. Jose Rizal said...