Davao City – The Commission on Population (POPCOM) – Regional Office XI celebrates the 4th birthday of the five (5) 100 Millionth Symbolic Babies on July 27, 2018.
On July 27, 2014 at 12:06 AM the Philippines turned 100 Million in population. It was then that Davao Region welcomed the five (5) symbolic babies – Glaiza T. Torcino of Barangay. Lucod, Baganga, Davao Oriental; Jhon Kenneth O. Lamintao of Barangay New Sibonga, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley; Catherine Jane M. Fuentes of Purok 2, Barangay Urban Salvacion, Panabo City, Davao del Norte; Natsumi Kyle S. Magnifico of Purok 13, Barangay San Vicente, Panabo City, Davao del Norte; and Harrisson Ford C. Butulan of Barangay 76-A Bucana, Davao City.
This demographic event highlighted the importance of maternal and neonatal health, as as well as, the promotion of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning. This year’s theme, “Sa Ika-apat na taon, Pagtataguyod sa Pangkalahatang Kapakanan ni Baby,” stresses the bigger challenge that engages the family’s capacity to respond to the needs and aspirations of their children.
As the symbolic children turn 4, POPCOM continues to monitor their developmental status as a reiteration of the agency’s continuous advocacy on providing the immediate basic services to the children especially on health and education.
Parents of the babies manifested satisfaction on government services and assistance extended to their children particularly the provision of regular health checkups and other information and services on proper nutrition, complete immunization and comprehensive health care. The regular monitoring and advocacy of Population and Health workers on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) have heightened their appreciation on the value and importance of proper child spacing and family planning. One mother opted for bilateral tubal ligation and while the others preferred taking pills to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
One mother expressed her desire to volunteer in their municipality to manifest her gratitude to POPCOM – Region XI for all the assistance it has extended, “Buot nako nga mapakita ang akong dakong pasalamat sa POPCOM pinaagi sa pag-boluntaryo aron mas mapakusgan pa ang adbokasiya sa Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood (I will be thrilled to volunteer in the advocacy efforts of POPCOM-Region XI relative to the program implementation on Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood as my own simple way of saying ‘thank you’ for all the help and assistance they have extended to my family)”.