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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Filipino babies for Singapore

It seems that the Philippines has an out-of-control baby boom. And Singapore definitely has an out-of-control baby dearth. And Singapore and the Philippines have had close ties for a long time. And ASEAN member nations are always talking about helping to solve one another's problems for the benefit of the region.

So why don't these two countries solve each other's baby problems? Here's my off-the-top-of-my-head solution:
  1. Offer Singapore citizenship to newborn Filipino babies, provided:
    1. the parents also become Singapore citizens, and
    2. they renounce their Philippines citizenship, and
    3. the children are raised in Singapore.
  2. As an incentive, give the baby bonuses to the Filipino parents to start their families.
Point (1): Who in Southeast Asia doesn't want a Singapore citizenship???
Point (2): Oh, but we're giving OUR money to THEM, which is WRONG. Puh-leaze! The money is just sitting in the bank because Singaporeans aren't making babies (you get the money only if you have a baby).

In one fell swoop, both countries solve their population problems.

Hello, Lee Hsien Loong and Gloria Arroyo?
From Today:

'Freedom from Pregnancy' campaign targets runaway population growth

Clement Mesenas Foreign and Commentary Editor

MANILA - The photograph of a crowded maternity ward in the Philippine capital (right) says it all.

In the Philippines, a largely Catholic country, close to 4,000 babies are born every day. Each year, the population swells by 1.5 million - close to a third that of Singapore.

At the end of last year, the Philippines, already the 12th most populous country in the world, hit the 84 million mark. At an annual growth rate of 2.36 per cent, one of the world's highest, the population will have doubled by 2033 and may well reach 200 million by 2042, putting the country at risk, economists say.

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1 comment:

KnightofPentacles said...

Slight problem here. The ethnic Chinese do not constitute a large percentage of the Filipino population.


Offering Singapore citizenship to newborn Filipino babies is not inline with our rulers' visions of a genetically-Chinese Singapore.

Then again, your suggestion may have merit with the appropriate modifications. I also hear that China currently has a baby boom.

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