PH: Government “ready” for the 100 millionth Filipino
Malacanang said on Sunday that the government is ready for continuing population growth, as United National Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) confirmed that the Philippine population has reached the 100 million mark.
According to reports, a baby girl born early Sunday in a hospital in Manila has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million. The child, Jennalyn Sentino, was one of 100 babies born in state hospitals all over the country to have been recognized as the symbolic designation of “100,000,000th baby.”
In a statement Klaus Beck, country representative of UNFPA to the Philippines, said: “the 100 millionth Filipino presents opportunity for all partners and stakeholders to make the right investments in people now, so we can prepare the groundwork for thriving, sustainable cities, productive labor forces that fuel equitable growth, youth that contribute to the well-being of economies and societies and a generation of older people who are healthy and actively engaged in the social and economic affairs of their communities.”
When asked during the press briefing on Sunday, if the government is ready for the growing population, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma said that is what the Philippine Development Plan is for.
He said the government is improving the educational system with better curriculum to prepare the future generation of the impoverish country.