A nurse weighs the symbolic 100 millionth Philippine baby, born after midnight during a ceremony at a government maternity hospital in Manila on Sunday. Photo by Ted Aljibe, Agence France-Presse
MANILA -- The government is prepared to answer to the needs of the country’s population, which reached the 100 millionth mark early Sunday.
In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government has the task to “make the right investments in its people.”
“Dapat po talagang mamuhunan ang ating pamahalaan sa ating mga mamamayan, to make the right investments in people now. Kaya kung tutunghayan po natin ‘yung national budget, napakalaki po ng portion para sa human development,” he said.
A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation.
The child, Jennalyn Sentino, was one of 100 babies born in state hospitals all over the archipelago who received the symbolic designation of "100,000,000th baby."
"This is both an opportunity and a challenge... an opportunity we should take advantage of and a challenge we recognize," Juan Antonio Perez, executive director of the official Commission on Population, told AFP.
Coloma stressed the government has been focusing on providing the youth with basic education, noting the “bigger budget” received by the Department of Education.
“Ipinapatupad na po natin ‘yung K to 12 para maging competitive ang ating mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng kanilang mga karera, ano, ‘yung kanilang mga career sa hinaharap. At ‘yan po ang tinutukoy ng ating pamahalaan dahil mahalaga ‘yung ating mga mamamayan. Sila po ang tanging yaman at pinakamahalagang yaman ng ating bansa, ang mga mamamayang Pilipino, at ‘yan po ang kahulugan ng pagdating ng ika-100 milyong Pilipino sa araw na ito,” he said. -- with Agence France-Presse