Manila, Philippines-Coinciding with the last State of the Nation (SONA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III and the 101st Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo is the first birthday of 100th Millionth Pinoys symbolic babies. These babies were recognized by the Commission on Population on July 27, 2014 when the population of Filipinos was estimated to have reached the 100 millionth mark.
In Metro Manila, the first birthday of these babies were celebrated by the Commission on Population (POPCOM-NCR), together with the Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Philippine Health Insurance, Inc. (PhilHealth), in coordination with the concerned Local Government Units.
The symbolic 100th Millionth Babies in Metro Manila includes Chonalyn Sentino from Manila, Geril Lee Balajadia from Muntinlupa City and Ahlian Garriezayn Presto from Caloocan City.
POPCOM NCR Regional Director Lolito Tacardon said that the birth of the babies symbolizes the challenges for the government and institutions to ensure the well-being of every Filipino living today and in the future.
“Just what President Aquino enumerated in his accomplishments during his administration, he said that Filipinos falling ill pose a serious challenge to the fulfillment of their dreams. And so, the government embarked into implementation of programs that will provide universal health care for all Filipinos. These symbolic 100thmillionth babies could reflect how well these accomplishments have affected the lives of the Filipinos,” Tacardon added.
Part of ensuring access to universal health care of these symbolic babies, the PhilHealth provided a free lifetime membership for the three babies in NCR, together with the rest of the symbolic 100 Millionth babies from other regions. The lifetime membership provides health insurance coverage that guarantees reasonable, acceptable, available and accessible health care services in Philhealth accredited facilities.
While celebrated as one of the milestones of national legislation under the Aquino administration, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RA 10354) has yet to make full impact on the lives of mothers, their children, young people, and men particularly those in the lowest economic segment of the society. The 100th millionth babies also reflect the call to cascade national economic growth to growing poor Filipinos and families. ###