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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 17 (PIA) – The Population Commission (PopCom) conducted a symbolic celebration of the identified 100 millionth baby in Southern Leyte. The baby is from the municipality of San Juan, this province.

Provincial Population Officer Velma Kangleon said that the symbolic celebration held Thursday handed P15,000 worth of gift package and lots of benefits from participating partner agencies as an overall assistance to Baby Blair Balabis.

The partner agencies include PhilHealth for the baby’s lifetime health insurance, San Juan Rural Health Unit for her complete immunization, among other health benefits, Social Welfare Office for the supplemental feeding, among other social services, Department of Health for the baby’s health concerns and the overall growth monitoring and evaluation of the baby to be done by the Popcom, Kangleon revealed.

She added that LGU-San Juan also committed  an educational assistance for Baby Blair.

The symbolic celebration, which was supposed to be done last July when the baby was born on the 27th,  was attended by Popcom Regional Director Nora Pulma and Regional Coordinator Socorro Paz Cordova, together with a PhilHealth representative, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Luzviminda Rosete, San Juan vice Mayor, among other local officials and RHU staff.

The identification of the 100 millionth baby last year highlights the significance of the Philippine Population Management Plan in pursuing national and local development, it was learned.

The 100 millionth Pinoys was based on the 2010 National Census by the Philippine Statistics Authority when the country reached its 100-million population projection on July 27, 2014 at exactly 12:06 am. (ldl/ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)