Palace: 100M Philippine population a challenge and an opportunity

January 6, 2014 11:11 am 

MANILA, Jan. 5 — The prospect of the Philippine population reaching the 100-million mark presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the country, Malacañang said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the Philippine Development Plan aims to make sure all Filipinos benefit from the nation's growth.

"Iyan po ay isang hamon at isa rin pong pagkakataon dahil ang tao po ang pinakamahalagang bumubuo ng anumang lipunan. Yan po ang balanseng pagtanaw natin sa sitwasyon na ‘yan (It is both a challenge and an opportunity because people are the most important resource. That is our balanced view of the situation)," he said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He said the Philippine Development Plan is geared for inclusive growth, to make sure all Filipinos benefit from economic growth.

Coloma also pointed out a large part of the budget for 2014 is geared for social protection and social welfare and development.

"Karamihan ng mga Pilipino hindi po dapat maipwera o mailagay sa isantabi ang nakararami (The majority of Filipinos should not be left out of any growth)," he said. (PNA)

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