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The Filipino is Worth Protecting For

By: Marvin Germo | August 21, 2014

Ninoy coined the term “The Filipino is Worth Dying For” fast forward 31 years after his death, our columnist Ge Cantor beleives that the Filipino is also worth protecting for.

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The Filipino is worth prtecting for

Last July 27th, our country celebrated a new milestone with the birth of Baby Chonalyn as the 100 millionth Filipino!  According to Mr. Juan Antonio Perez, executive director of the official Commission on Population:  “This is both an opportunity and a challenge…an opportunity we should take advantageof and a challenge we recognize.”

It’s been 5 years now since I came back from London, after working there for almost 5 years.  I can definitely say I’m fully integrated back to the Pinoys’ way of life!  Some of our “kababayans” like to complain about living here, all the traffic, pollution, corruption, lack of opportunity, safety concerns and a lot more!  But for some, the Philippines is still their home land and nothing beats living and breathing in your native soil!

So what does it take to be stay in the Philippines and be a Filipino? Let’s have a look at some of the statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Department of Health (Source)

Natural hazards and climate change

  • Due to its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire and the typhoon belt,  the country is prone to various natural hazards such as typhoons, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.
  • In 2009, the Philippines topped the list of countries with the most number of reported natural disasters.
  • It ranked third in terms of mortalities (1,334 deaths) and second in terms of number of victims (13.4 million).
  • The Philippines ranked 10th in the Global Climate Index  2009 among countries most affected by extreme weather events from 1998 to 2007.
  • The country is one of those that are most vulnerable to climate change and is particularly susceptible to multiple climate change hazards (e.g. sea level rise, drought).

Health status of the population

  • The projected life expectancy of Filipinos at birth in 2010 is 73.1 years for females and 67.6 years for males.
  • Eight of the 10 leading causes of morbidity in 2008 were infectious in origin, namely: acute lower respiratory tract infection and pneumonia, acute watery diarrhea, bronchitis, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, acute febrile illness, and dengue fever.
  • Based on the UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010, the Philippines is one of the seven countries where new cases increased by more than 25% from 2001 to 2009.
  • Human rabies is still a public treat.  The country is one of the top 10 rabies-infected countries globally.
  • Six of the top 10 causes are due to noncommunicable diseases. Diseases of the heart and vascular system are the leading causes of mortality, comprising nearly one-third (31%) of all deaths.
  • Other leading noncommunicable diseases include malignant neoplasms, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), diabetes milletus and kidney diseases.
  • Meanwhile, injury (mortality rate of 39.1/100,000) is the fourth leading cause of death, with road traffic accidents as the leading cause of injury deaths.

Our government, together with private and international institutions, are doing their part to address these health challenges and other inherent risks of living in the Philippines.  However, as individuals, what are we doing on our part?

Aside from eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, driving safely, and taking all the safety precautions when there’s a typhoon or earthquake, life insurance is just one of those many tools we can use to protect ourselves and our families from untimely death, accidents and critical illnesses.

Ninoy once said, the Filipino is worth dying for.  I say, the Filipino is worth protecting for too!


Gerard CantorGerald “Ge” Cantor’s mission is to help Filipinos save and invest for their future while protecting themselves and their families for the present.  Ge is a Financial Adviser of Pru Life UK, a Financial Planning Advocate of Personal Finance Advisers Philippines Corporation, a Registered Financial Planner graduate, a  Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Internal Auditor.


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