The five (5) 100 millionth symbolic babies in the region turned six on July 27th of this year.
For this year’s celebration, the theme is “Bigyang Halaga ang Bawat Pinoy sa Pag-Unlad, Ngayon at Bukas” with the sub-theme “Sa kanyang ika-anim na taon, Siguraduhin ang kanyang Kalusugan at Edukasyon.”
Region I has five (5) 100 Millionth symbolic babies – Ricobien Jacob Francisco, the regional representative; Jhon Paul Pedronio from Pangasinan; Princess Coleen dela Cruz from Ilocos Norte; Xyrus Jeic Alonzo from Ilocos Sur; and Trixie Ann Estalilla from La Union.
On his birthday, the Commission on Population and Development-Region I (POPCOM-I) invited Ricobien Jacob together with his family in the office for a guesting on POPCOM-I’s BeshyTaktakan and for a simple birthday celebration.
Jovelyn, Jacob’s mother, expressed her concern on his education especially during this time of pandemic. Despite the ongoing health crisis, Jacob’s parents decided to push through with his education this incoming school year. His father, Marbien, has already enrolled Jacob in Bitalag Integrated School in Bacnotan, La Union where he will be an incoming Grade 1 pupil. Aside from a recent accident caused by playing, Jacob is one healthy and happy kid and is excited to be studying again.
For this year, POPCOM provided ₱5, 000.00 worth of gift packs based on the babies’ developmental needs. Face masks and other hygiene kits were also given to help them be protected against the COVID-19. A status monitoring of the symbolic 100 millionth babies was also conducted to determine the type of support, be it health, social insurance, education, among others, that still needs to be extended to the symbolic babies and their respective families in the coming years.
POPCOM identified the symbolic babies across the country last July 27, 2014. This demographic event highlighted the importance of maternal and neonatal health as well as the promotion of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning among Filipino families. POPCOM continues to monitor the status of 100 millionth babies as a reiteration of the agency’s advocacy through the years that every child should be born wanted, and basic rights on social services such as health and education are ensured for the child’s total development. (POPCOM-I)