Population growth in the Philippines may be declining, but Thailand still beats the Philippines as far as rate of decline is concerned.
Population growth rate
Percentage change of resident population compared to previous year.
The results are not surprising:
Country GDP per capita | population (2008)
1 Singapore 34,152 | 4,680,600
2 Brunei 32,501 | 391,450
3 Malaysia 6,146 | 27,544,000
4 Thailand 3,400 | 62,828,706
5 Indonesia 1,824 | 234,693,997
6 Philippines 1,590 | 86,973,000
From East Asian posterboy to East Asian basketcase. Moral of the story is a validation of this simple definition of poverty:
A habitual entering into commitments one is inherently incapable of honouring.
It's simple, really™.