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Regional Director's Corner

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ATTY. BRUCE N. RAGAS
Regional Director

 

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This year, the Philippines marks the passage of Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.The ruling of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in its declaration of the law as not unconstitutional is a significant progress in reaching everyone equally especially on matters on maternal health where the poor and marginalized women and girls have been left without universal access to reproductive health. The country’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR), for example, has remained high since 1993 and it is dificult that the MMR target of 52 deaths per 100,000 live births will be reached by the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline.

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As part of our vision for a better quality of life for every Filipino, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) is continuously monitoring the 100 millionth symbolic babies nationwide.  POPCOM strongly recognizes that the first 1,000 days of life are crucial  to a person from pregnancy to a  child’s 2nd birthday.

Leading the advocacy for the total well-being of these babies, POPCOM 7 will organize a celebration of the 2nd  birthday of the “Symbolic 100 Millionth Babies” in collaboration with the Department of Health, National Nutrition Council, and PhilHealth on July 27, 2016. During the simple party, a birthday gift from POPCOM  will be given to each baby. DOH will give an update of the health status of the babies in terms of their full immunization, develop mental milestones and provision of their health care needs from their respective local health units.  Philhealth, on the other hand, will update each baby’s Membership Data Record and orient the parents on the health packages covered by Philhealth.  National Nutrition Council, for its part, will provide each mother a nutrition guide for their babies.

The concerned partner agencies, with the help of the concerned LGUs, will continue to monitor each baby over the coming years to see if they are receiving the required health services and other interventions.

The search for the symbolic 100 Millionth Pinoys was based on the projection from the  2010 National Census by the Philippine Statistics Authority when the country reached its 100-million population projection on July 27, 2014. Babies Kyle Olendang (Pinamungajan, Cebu), Paul James Gregory Entis (Sogod, Cebu), Julie Ann Mae Astronomo (Calape, Bohol), Arnil Ramirez (San Jose, Negros Oriental), Necon Collao (Tayasan, Negros Oriental), Jovan Maurice Lagudas (Maria, Siquijor) were chosen as Region 7’s symbolic 100 millionth babies. All symbolic babies were born on July 27, 2014 at 12:06 am (Philippine Standard Time), or seconds/minutes later, certified by the attending birth attendant or doctor and through normal spontaneous delivery in a government-run health facility, which served as the criteria for their selection.

The activity was done simultaneously in all POPCOM regional offices and local government units nationwide.

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POPULATION CLOCK

Dec. 19, 2016 / 11:12:47 A.M.

103,338,410


Base from the 2015 CENSUS of Population: 100,981,437

Basis: 2015 PGR of 1.72

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