ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The Commission on Population (POPCOM) has announced that a baby boy, whose mother is from Barangay Putik, is the 100,000,000th baby in this city.
Ceicil Abuy, POPCOM regional information officer, said the baby boy was born 1:11 a.m. Sunday at a government hospital.
Abuy said the baby boy, being this city’s 100,000,000th baby, will receive a bathtub filled with goodies such as dresses and toiletries.
He said the baby boy’s mother will receive hygiene services and will be enrolled with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
He said among the qualifications to be named a 100,000,000th baby is that a baby must have been born after 12:06 a.m. Sunday (July 27) through normal delivery.
He added the mother must have also undergone complete pre-natal check-up.
He said the identities of the baby boy’s parents were withheld since the mother is a minor.
Abuy said the search was held in a bid to symbolize hope and challenge as the country’s population reached 100 million.
“It symbolizes hope because with the 100 million population, it increases workforce to propel the country’s development and progress, and challenge since there are questions whether what would be the desire of this 100,000,000th baby in life? Will they be able to finish studies and reach their goal? Will they have good future?” he explained.
The Philippines welcomed on Sunday its 100,000,000th citizen.
The United National Population Fund said the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world. (MindaNews)