In response to the Nashman (currently a PhD student in the UK), who says he doesn't believe there is brain drain for a country of 90 million. He says "No sooner have we left and there is another one better and brighter..."
Pasensya na ha.
Just because there are 90 million bodies, probably over 100 million in two decades, does not necessarily increase the chances of there being better or brighter people. Babies need nourishment and education to stand a fighting chance. To get better and brighter people, you need to invest. Mahirap yatang maging matalino kung kang-kong lang ang kinakain mo araw-araw.
This study by PIDS shows the decrease in government spending on education. At the same time there are more and more kids moving from private schools to public schools because private education is getting more expensive. I should know. I have taught in public and private universities.
And according to former education Secretary Butch Abad:
Among 10-64 year old population, only 41% are HS grad or higher; 65% can read, write, compute and comprehend; 84% can read, write and compute but not comprehend, 89% can only read and write
9.16M (or 16% of population) are functionally illiterate: 98% of unschooled, 35% of elementary drop-outs, 29% of elementary graduates are illiterate youths and adults
1,000 children enter Grade 1: 312 drop-out before Grade 6 (2/5 between G1-3; 3/5 between G4-6)
Of 638 elementary graduates, 439 complete in 6 years; 249 complete in 9.6 years due to repetition
Of 638 elementary graduates, only 7 mastered all minimum competencies for elementary level
Only 23% of Grade 6 pupils are independent readers in English
High School diploma does not mean much: 44% not mastered English, 52% not mastered Math, 74% not mastered Sciences competencies
College diploma does not mean much: only 2-7% of college graduate applicants to ICT jobs are accepted
Even professional license does not mean much: 46% of practicing M.D.s in Visayas did not pass competency-based test - admitting patient, administering correct drugs or oxygen
So, tama ka. Wala nga'ng brain drain.