A close watch by the officials of the Commission on Population (POPCOM), together with the Department of Health (DOH) for the birth of the 100 millionth baby on July 27, 2014 saw the birth of a baby girl at 12:35 a.m at the Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital.
The baby girl’s mother, identified as Dailin Duras Cabigayan, finally gave birth at 12:35 am after going through labor pains for several hours, which later paved the way for a 2.8 kilos and 45 centimeter baby girl, tagged as among the symbolic 100 Millionth baby mark of the Philippine population.
The proud new parents, Dailin and Clemente Sentino Jr, said that “it was their first time to have a child”. Dailin is 27 years old and works as a house helper while Clemente is 45 years old and works as a driver.
World Population Day is an international event celebrated on July 11 every year. With the theme “Investing in Young People”, this year’s World Population Day focuses on adolescent and youth well-being, a goal for young people in the post-2015 millennium development agenda.
A one-day youth event was conducted on July 11, Friday, in Hall 3 Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall between 10:00 AM-5:00PM. The event featured different activities where adolescents and young people can participate. The event also featured a talk show about the topic “Investing in Young People: What is it worth?” A marketplace of good practices on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH), showcase of “selfie” photos, and interaction with celebrities also commenced.
Press Statement Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III Commission on Population On the Occasion of World Population Day 2014
The Commission on Population (POPCOM) fully supports the celebration of the World Population Day on July 11, 2014. As the youth’s population increases, their role in the society becomes significantly important. It is a fact that young people of today will shape the world for decades to come. To change the world for the better is to invest in the growth and strength of our youth. To mark this event, this year’s local theme is “Investing in Young People”.
There are over 1.8 billion people aged 10 to 24 years old, making one quarter of the world’s population. Ninety percent (90%) of those youth lives in developing countries.1
In 2013, there were 19.2 million youth in the Philippines. The youth aged 15 to 19 years old has a population count of 10.2 million and 9 million for youth aged 20 to 24 years old. 2
Keynote Speech by
Juan Antonio Perez III, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Commission on Population
Delivered during the 5th National PHE Conference,
Supreme Hotel, Baguio City,May 21, 2014
To our respected former ED Tomas M. Osias, our former and current Regional Directors of POPCOM and staff, partners and stakeholders, implementers, fellow advocates in putting people in the center of development, guests, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.
Last year, we experienced a number of tragedies in different parts of the country brought about by natural calamities such as strong typhoons, floods, landslides, storm surges, that affected lives, properties, infrastructures and crops. The family of Mariha Sigun, 41 yrs old, one of the affected families of the Typhoon Yolanda in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, lost their house during the wrath of the strong rain and wind. Mariha’s daughter said "Not having a toilet at home forced me to go to the bushes. It can be dangerous, especially after dark. It is more difficult for me when I have my period.” The many families in similar situation brought about not only by Yolanda but other natural calamities were forced to stay in evacuation centers where their normal lives are altered.