Pinoy 100 millionth baby turns 4: Implications on his total well being
On July 27, 2018, the Philippines’ symbolic 100 millionth babies turn four years old. The Commission on Population (POPCOM) identified four years ago the babies across the country who were born on July 27, 2014, when the Philippines hit its 100 millionth mark in terms of population count.
This year’s celebration as symbolic babies focuses on the theme, “Sa Ika-apat na taon, Pagtataguyod sa Pangkalahatang Kapakanan ni Baby”. POPCOM Regional Offices have been following up the health status of their respective symbolic 100 millionth babies. The monitoring tool will help determine the type of support in terms of nutrition, education, health services, among others, that still needs to be extended to the symbolic babies and their respective families in the coming years.
The 2014 demographic event was an institutional reality-check that the country was then reaching a 100-million population record. In only about four years’ time, today, our country has a population of 106.2 million. This number was projected from Census of Population’s (POPCEN) 100.9 million count in 2015. This makes the country the 13th largest in the world and second biggest in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region according to the ranking of the United Nations Statistical Data.
“Based on the population projections, the Philippine population will increase by 1.8 million by the end of 2018, growing at a rate of 1.69 percent. That means we will be adding 4,965 Filipinos per day, or 206 every hour in 2018,” POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III stated.
The birth of the 100 millionth symbolic babies nationwide remains a challenge to the government as these babies are expected to demand an increase of the family’s capacity to provide for the needs of their children.
“As duty bearers of the society, POPCOM will continue to monitor these babies as a reiteration of our advocacy through the years that every child should be born wanted, and his/her basic rights on social services such as health and education are ensured for his/her total development”, said Dr. Perez. “We aim to provide quality life for the babies and make every Filipino count in the progress and development of the country as the population increases rapidly every year”, Dr. Perez added.
The event four years ago called for paying proactive attention to the importance of maternal and neonatal health as well as promote responsible parenthood and family planning among Filipino families. It was also seen as a challenge to the Philippines as its socio-economic and political situation struggle to give the citizenry a better quality of life.
Referred to as symbolic 100 millionth babies representing the national capital region, baby Chonalyn Sentino’s birth was witnessed by officials from the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) and POPCOM at the Fabella Hospital in Manila. Other babies born on the same date an hour later at 12 midnight nationwide, their birth was witnessed by some local officials.
A four-year old in the Philippines should have been fully immunized, his or her nutritional status monitored, and preparations made for entry to K-12, including assuring birth certification and PhilHealth Coverage. Meanwhile, some of the 100 Millionth babies are also recipients of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to improve the well-being of their families.