Bulacan joins search for Philippines' 100 Millionth Baby
Friday, 25 July 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS – The Provincial Government of Bulacan through its Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office will join the “Search for 100-Millionth Baby” on July 27 at 12:06 a.m.
According to the 2010 population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority, the country’s population is expected to hit 100 million on the said date and time.
Commission on Population Region 3 (POPCOM R III) said the search for the 100-millionth baby is a call to make every Filipino count in the country’s development by ensuring a healthy, productive and livable environment.
POPCOM R III also added that there will be one winner in each of the seven provinces in Central Luzon that will symbolize hope for better quality of life and a challenging demographic moment in the lives of every Filipino.
According to the guidelines, the search is open to all babies born on 12:06 a.m. or seconds/minutes later in a government-licensed health facility run by the national or local government observing Philippine Standard Time (PST) and being certified by the attending birth attendant/doctor.
Only babies who are born through normal delivery are qualified and parents will receive a starter kit for the newborns worth P5,000.
Meanwhile, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado supports the program and said that it is a great way to highlight the importance of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) in pursuing national and local development and in promoting breastfeeding to the infants.
The recognition of the babies will be done in coordination with the Department of Health, POPCOM R III, PhilHealth, National Nutrition Council and other concerned local government units and partner agencies.###