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Teenage pregnancy is widespread in the Philippines, especially among the poor. In Manila, this contributes to rapid population growth and helps to perpetuate poverty in the city,ƒÙs crowded slums..Tondo's ghettoes, teetering on the banks of the polluted Pasig river, houses a tenth of the capital's population. They live in dark hovels made of scavenged corrugated iron, old rags, rotting wood and plastic sheeting..Children are everywhere, tangible evidence of the city's teenage pregnancy problem. Every year, 13 out of 100 girls aged between 15 and 19, amongst the poorest fifth of the Filipino population get pregnant. Within the richest fifth, the figure is just 1.2. .. Healthcare for Manila's urban poor is almost non-existent, while opportunities to learn about contraception in this strictly Catholic country are rare..Tondo is a section of Manila separated from the rest of the city by a heavily polluted river. It is one of the most densely populated regions of the world with approximately 65,000 people per square kilometer..Nearly 14,000 child scavengers roam the streets in the Tondo district in Manila. In the early seventies, there were only about 50 known scavengers living on the streets of Manila. Now, with the increase of poverty and the massive exodus to the capital, the government puts the number of street children at about 100,000. They are the most conspicuous sign of poverty in the Philippines..It houses a tenth of the capital's population and most live in dark hovels made of scavenged corrugated iron, old rags, rotting wood and plastic sheeting, teetering on the banks of the polluted Pasig river.... overpopulation

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Philippines | The Cross or the Condom - Overpopulation in Manila
Teenage pregnancy is widespread in the Philippines, especially among the poor. In Manila, this contributes to rapid population growth and helps to perpetuate poverty in the city,ƒÙs crowded slums..Tondo's ghettoes, teetering on the banks of the polluted Pasig river, houses a tenth of the capital's population. They live in dark hovels made of scavenged corrugated iron, old rags, rotting wood and plastic sheeting..Children are everywhere, tangible evidence of the city's teenage pregnancy problem. Every year, 13 out of 100 girls aged between 15 and 19, amongst the poorest fifth of the Filipino population get pregnant. Within the richest fifth, the figure is just 1.2. .. Healthcare for Manila's urban poor is almost non-existent, while opportunities to learn about contraception in this strictly Catholic country are rare..Tondo is a section of Manila separated from the rest of the city by a heavily polluted river. It is one of the most densely populated regions of the world with approximately 65,000 people per square kilometer..Nearly 14,000 child scavengers roam the streets in the Tondo district in Manila. In the early seventies, there were only about 50 known scavengers living on the streets of Manila. Now, with the increase of poverty and the massive exodus to the capital, the government puts the number of street children at about 100,000. They are the most conspicuous sign of poverty in the Philippines..It houses a tenth of the capital's population and most  live in  dark hovels made of scavenged corrugated iron, old rags, rotting wood and plastic sheeting, teetering on the banks of the polluted Pasig river.... overpopulation