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Because of the growing population, the government must ‘extend’ services.

MANILA – Because of the country’s rising population, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte believes the government needs to extend its services.

“Ang gobyerno kailangan mag-expand,” says the speaker. In a prerecorded Talk to the People aired on Thursday, Duterte remarked, “Alam ninyo because the population is expanding and dapat ang ekonomiya (The government must expand because the population is growing and the economy) must also grow with the population rate.”

Last week, he noted that his visit to the new Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital (DJFMH) in the San Lazaro Compound in Sta. Cruz, Manila, reminded him of the country’s population crisis, particularly among poor Filipino families.

Duterte reaffirmed his call for universal access to reproductive health products and services, but expressed disappointment that the Catholic Church continues to oppose contraception use.

“There are medications, but the Church condemns them,” he explained.

He urged Filipino couples to have no more than three children, blaming the country’s enormous population for poverty.

“Even for the children, after one or two, after one, two, three dapat border na (that should be the boundary),” he remarked.

According to latest government estimates, the Philippine population has surpassed 112 million.

Don’t become too comfortable.

Despite the low number of Covid-19 cases, Duterte admonished the public to maintain minimal public health standards.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), as of Wednesday, there were 3,328 active Covid-19 infections.

“In the United States, there are less than 4,000 active Covid-19 instances.” It may seem masyadong mababa na ‘yan (very low), but this cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval “We still have to follow the basic rules to avoid recontamination kung natamaan ka na (if you’ve been polluted before),” he remarked.

He claimed that wearing face masks, in particular, was crucial in preventing Covid-19 from spreading over the country.

Sincere gratitude

Duterte congratulated front-line fighters and the general public for adhering to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

“I continue to express my gratitude to our medical experts, scientists, and front-line responders for doing an outstanding job since the Covid-19 outbreak began. I also appreciate the Filipino people’s continued cooperation with health officials and adherence to health protocols,” he added.

The DOH had documented 109 new illnesses as of Wednesday, which is much less than the 168 cases per day average recorded the prior week from May 2 to 8.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, there have been 3,687,428 confirmed Covid-19 infections nationwide, with 3,623,661 recoveries and 60,439 fatalities.

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