Philippine bishop calls for end to contraceptive mentality

There are better ways to curb population growth, Bishop Jose Cabantan says

May 24, 2016
A Philippine bishop called on the incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop the "contraceptive mentality" that aims to curb population growth.

"People are resources of the nation. They ought to find ways to develop and harness the capability, the giftedness of each one for the betterment of the nation," said Bishop Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay in the southern Philippines.

The prelate said the government should empower people through education and skills development.

Bishop Cabantan made the statement in response to Duterte's announcement that he will press for the use of artificial contraceptives for family planning.

The incoming president criticized the church's opposition to contraceptives as "no longer relevant."

"We have to do something about overpopulation," Duterte said.

Bishop Cabantan, however, said the Philippines should learn from countries that are experiencing a "demographic winter" for promoting the "contraceptive mentality that is becoming irreversible."

Data from the Philippine Statistics Office show that as of August 2015 there were 100.98 million Filipinos.

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