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Shvoong Home>Society & News>News Items>Phil Daily Inquirer,The Philippine Star,The Manila Chronicle,Newsday Summary

Phil Daily Inquirer,The Philippine Star,The Manila Chronicle,Newsday

Article Summary   by:ALEXUS    
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A CHILD PREDICAMENT Forty thousand children under five years of age die daily.Some 100 million children live on the street, where they are forced to scavenge, steal and often fall prey to drugs, prostitution and gangs.An increasing number of children are AIDS orphans,whose parents have died from AIDS. The number of children living in poverty in the United States has risen by more than three million over the last ten years( NEWSDAY, June 9, 1990). At least 250 Filipino children die each day of preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhia and measles.An additional 94,000 babies die each year even before they reach their first birthday.An estimated six million children, about one-fourth the country's total employed labor force, are working under gruelling conditions,deprived of a chance to go to school or even enjoy their childhood.About 1.5 million street children roam the sidewalks of the country,most of them malnourishedand ailing, prey to drugs and prostitution. There are an estimated five million victims of child abuse all over the country, many of them victimized by their own parents or members of the family ( Philippine Daily Inquirer , January 2,1991) .About 300,000 or 10 per cent of high school students nationwide, are on drugs, with Metro Manila having an even higher proportion at 13.52 per cent. Three per cent of grade school pupils and 19 per cent of college student at one time or another, have used illegal drugs.
The drug rehabilitation centers have a yearly average admission rate of 1,000 drug dependents, 58 per cent of whom are high school students.( The Philippine Star, September 1, 1990) Seven million children are now in the labor force,about 750,000 of these children are found in Metro Manila, selling cigarettes and flowers, scavenging and even working as laborers and helpers.Thirteen per cent are beggars, 11 per cent are prostitutes, and four per cent are pickpockets.( The Philippine Star , July 30, 1990) Today , we have roughly fifteen million children; six out of every ten live below the poverty line and ,consequently, suffer from varying degrees of malnutrition. The infant mortality rate remains at a high of 52 per thousand live birth. This means that nearly 94,000 babies dies before they reach their first birthday.Among children and youth of school age , about 3.4 million are out of school. Most of these out-of-school youths ends up as street children such as vendors, beggars, prostitutes and vegrants.( The Manila Chronicle, July 26, 1990)
Published: January 06, 2006   
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