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.