Forum to look into economic implications of population

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MANILA, April 5, 2014 – Will more people result to lower quality of life and lesser jobs? A forum gathering economic experts and industry specialists will answer this question and other related issues on April 7.

‘Tapatan sa Aristocrat’ on Monday, 9 a.m. will feature candid discussions on the nature of poverty and calls for the further reduction in the country’s birth rate.

No less than NEDA’s Chief Economic Development Specialist Ramon Falcon will discuss the correlation between a population of over a 100 million and the 7.2% growth in the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Department of Social Welfare and Development’s deputy program managers Venus Rebuldela and Abbey Pangilinan will also talk about the often-talked about Conditional Cash Transfer and its impact in reducing poverty among the country’s poorest of the poor.

Dr. Jose S. Sandejas, an accomplished businessman, and former street parliamentarian Prof. Gary V. Olivar will share their views on the relationship between foreign remittances, high government spending and revenues derived from Business Process Outsourcing.

The resource persons will also express their views on the impact of unemployment and underemployment on the economy as more than 700,000 new graduates are expected to add significantly to the country’s unemployed. ‘Tapatan sa Aristocrat’ is held every Monday at The Aristocrat along Roxas Blvd. corner San Andres, Malate, Manila and is organized by Areopagus Social Media for Asia, Inc. (Melo Acuña)

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