3 ‘100 millionth babies’ receive benefits

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


THREE babies in Northern Mindanao born in the dawn of July 27 will receive benefits from the government after being included in the “100th million babies.”

These babies are considered “finalists” in the search for the 100 babies born between the 12:06 – 1:05 a.m. on July 27, 2014.

“We celebrate for reaching the 100 million in the population in the country,” Commission on Population (Popcom) information officer Ardizon Arsua said Monday.

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The three babies were born at J.R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) here, Mayor Hilario A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Technical and Training Hospital in Misamis Occidental, and Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital. They were born under normal spontaneous delivery in those government-run hospitals in the region.

Danica Cobayan of Barangay Tignapoloan delivered her baby at JRBGH at 12:51 a.m. on July 27.

One of the criteria is for the hospitals which delivered the babies to follow the Philippine Standard Time.

Parents of these babies are given by Popcom a starter kit worth P5,000 and a help from the PhilHealth by giving insurance to the babies and the parents.

The babies are labeled as ‘symbolic’ babies having reached the “quota,” said Arsua. They will be monitored annually in their growth and development.

“These babies will be monitored so they become indicators if the government could provide their needs from infancy until they grow up,” said Popcom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III in an interview by Sunnex.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona added that ensuring the safety of their delivery is just the start of the government’s help.

“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,” Ona told Sunnex.

The growing population in the country is not a negative thing to take, said Arsua.

“The overpopulation is not actually a negative thing to take if only everyone in the country is being productive enough to help alleviate the problems,” he said.

Popcom, however, advised that parents are to take family planning seriously and responsibly because of the growing population.

“It is so difficult to think that there are parents out there who keep on reproducing, yet they could not sustain their children in every right and benefits they are to enjoy. That is the problem we are facing today,” Arsua said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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