100 millionth baby born in Arayat town

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Monday, July 28, 2014


ARAYAT -- This town saw to the birth of the symbolic 100 millionth Kapampangan baby who was born at 12:40 a.m. on Sunday at Dr. Emigdio C. Cruz, Sr. Memorial District Hospital located in Barangay San Agustin here.

Newborn Jayvie Santos Catli, nicknamed Lucky, was one of the 100 babies nationwide who have qualified to mark the 100-million population of the country.

The search is based on the projections of the 2010 National Census that the country will reach the 100-million mark in population last Sunday at exactly 12:06 a.m.

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Catli is a 3.3-centimeter baby boy and weighed 3.3 kilograms at birth. He is the first child of the 19-year-old Rubie and her 25-year-old common law partner, Jayson Catli. His parents are residents of Barangay San Juan Baño.

The baby’s biological parents were asked by the town mayor to get married on Friday with the local government offering free food and reception at the municipal hall for the couple and their guests.

The mayor said his best gift for baby Jayvie is to solemnize the marriage of his parents and make their union legal under “the eyes of God and the law.”

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Eleanor M. Cura gave a P5,000 worth starter kit composed of infant items and supplies as well as other forms of assistance to the baby’s parents coming from the national government.

POPCOM and its partners shall also track the development stages of the symbolic babies that will be highlighted during future population and development activities.

The director said Popcom believes the turning of the Philippine population into 100 million brings both challenges and opportunities for the country “as its socio-economic and political situation grapple to give the citizenry a better quality of life.”

Provincial Population Officer Rose Butiu who represented the governor, said the baby will be given “complete and expanded immunization program at the health center.”

Jayson, the child’s biological father, vowed to provide a better life for his baby. Jayson said any assistance extended to baby Jayvie will greatly help their family.

Based on the 2010 Census, the Philippines has an average Population Growth Rate (PGR) of 1.90 percent. Central Luzon has a PGR of 2.14 percent- the third highest among the regions based on population size.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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