Philippine population hits 100M

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


MANILA (Updated) -- A woman gave birth early Sunday to a baby girl at state-run Fabella Hospital in Manila, as the Philippines joins the list of nations with population of 100 million or more.

Chonallyn, daughter of first-time mother Daylene Cabigayan, was born at 12:35 a.m. Sunday through normal delivery.

Chonallyn weighs 2.8 kilos and measures 45 centimeters. She was dubbed a "symbolic baby" to mark the birth of the 100 millionth Filipino.

The Commission on Population (PopCom) earlier said it will come up with a list of 100 babies born at 12:06 a.m. or seconds/minutes later, the time when the 100th million Filipino was to be born based on the present rate of about three babies being born every minute.

The symbolic babies will receive Philhealth insurance and will be monitored until they grow up.

Cabigayan was also given P5,000 worth of starter kit such as blanket and other necessities of a new born child.

“Ang mga ito ay tututukan at magiging 'indicator' kung naibibigay ba ng pamahalaan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga sanggol hanggang sa kanilang paglaki,” said Popcom Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III.

In a press conference, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said ensuring the proper delivery of the new born babies is just the start of the assistance vowed by the government to them.

“Deliveries made in birth facilities properly equipped for such circumstances complementing the whole maternal care delivery system including that of competent doctors, trained nurses and other health personnel attend birth deliveries all contribute to the easy access to maternal care,” said Ona.

In addition, Ona said the health department is already preparing the expansion of its National Immunization Program scheduled in September.

Aside from the previous vaccines versus mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), polio, and tuberculosis, the health chief said they are also set to include pneumonia and rotavirus.

Malacanang also promised to strive harder to bring the poorest of the poor out of poverty.

"Ang importante is kahit palaki na tayo nang palaki, we must be able to tailor fit our programs to help the fifth quintile of the population to be able to get out of that demographic. Ito naman ang importante sa pamahalaan," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Saturday in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Still, Ona asked Filipino couples to practice responsible family planning so that they can provide good health, education and life to their children.

“Sa ating programang responsible parenthood and reproductive health, napakahalaga po na tama po ang ating sitwasyon kung kailan po magsisimula ng isang pamilya. Kami po ay naniniwala na ang isang pamilya ay dapat may responsibility sa kanilang mga anak kaya dapat nagpaplano sila,” said Ona.

The country is presently the 12th most populous country in the world while only ranked 71st in terms of land area.

Other countries with 100 million population or more include Mexico, 122.3 million; Japan, 127.1 million; Russian Federation, 142.8 million; Bangladesh, 156.6 million; Nigeria, 173.6 million; and Pakistan, 182.1 million. (Third Anne Peralta/HDT/Sunnex)

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