TACLOBAN CITY – The Population and Development Commission (PopCom) of Eastern Visayas (Region 8) celebrated on Wednesday (July 27) the eighth anniversary of the birth of the region’s symbolic six 100 millionth babies in terms of population.
PopCom-8 Director Elnora Pulma said this year’s celebration focuses on the health status of symbolic babies through a tracking tool that helps determine the type of support in terms of nutrition, education and health services, among others, which must be provided to them and their families.
“The 2014 demographic event was an institutional reality check that the country was reaching a record high of 100 million people,” Pulma said.
With a projected population of 110 million this year, the PopCom-8 official noted a population growth rate (PGR) of 1.63% from 2015.
The population growth rate from 2010 to 2015 was higher at 1.72%. A census is carried out every five years.
“We aim to provide a quality life for babies and make every Filipino count in the progress and development of the country, as the population is increasing rapidly every year,” she said.
Pulma pointed out that the birth of the 100 millionth baby eight years ago remains a challenge for the government as it is expected to demand an increase in the family’s ability to provide for their children.
“As leaders of society, PopCom will continue to watch over these babies as a reiteration of our advocacy over the years that every child be born wanted, and that their basic rights to social services such as health and education are ensured for his/her total development.
The symbolic 100 millionth babies of Eastern Visayas are Rian Go of Tacloban City; Miller Josh Tondo of Tanauan in Leyte; Blair Catalea Balabis from San Juan in southern Leyte; Sunrey Abenales from Catarman in northern Samar; Jody Cervantes from the town of Borongan in eastern Samar; and Joven Rey Arsenio of Catbalogan City in Samar.
She assured that they are fully immunized, monitored and their education is maintained under the K-12 program, including their birth certificate and PhilHealth coverage.
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