Davao City – July 27, 2020 marks the 6th birthday celebration of the 100 Millionth Symbolic Filipino Babies.

In 2014, it was estimated that the Philippines has reached the 100 millionth mark in its population. It was then that the Commission of Population and Development (POPCOM) – Region XI welcomed the five (5) symbolic babies in Davao Region – 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 year’s commemoration will focus on the theme “Bigyang Halaga ang Bawat Pinoy sa Pag-unlad, Ngayon at Bukas,” with the sub-theme – “Sa ika-anim na taon, siguraduhin ang kanyang kalusugan at edukasyon”. The commemoration aims to drumbeat emerging popualion and development agenda documented through the lives and conditions of the symbolic babies.

 

As the symbolic children turn 6 in the face of this unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic, the government faces a bigger challenge in ensuring the health and education needs of the symbolic children are met.  This pandemic also poses an immense opportunity for the LGUs to step up in the crafting and implementation of appropriate policies and programs.

 

The children are enjoying a lifetime membership with the PhilHealth ensuring hassle free hospital services. The LGUs also continue to provide sacks of rice for the family and Vitamin supplements for the symbolic babies. 

The arrival of the Symbolic babies to their families has prompted the parents to practice family planning and mothers are currently using Pills as a choice of modern family planning method.  

This demographic event highlighted the importance of maternal and neonatal health, as well as, the promotion of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning. The 2017 National Demographic Survey (NDHS) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) indicates that women in the poorest households have more than twice as many children as women in the wealthiest households. Data also shows that fertility increases as household wealth decreases.