Bicol anticipates 100 millionth Pinoy

LEGAZPI CITY—The 100 millionth Filipino will be born around 12:06 A.M. Philippine Standard Time (PST) on Sunday, July 27, according to estimates by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

In Bicol, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) has announced that it will launch a search for seven babies who will be born on or around the aforementioned time to mark the population milestone.

Six of these babies will come from each of the region’s provinces, while one will be from a chosen city.

POPCOM Bicol Regional Director Magdalena Abellera said that the 100 millionth baby is a symbol of hope and challenge.

Starter kit

Meanwhile, POPCOM Bicol Planning Officer Josephine Chua announced that each of the babies will be given a starter kit worth P5,000, provided that they are born in a government-licensed facility or hospital through normal or spontaneous delivery.

Official nomination forms, which need to be certified by the attending doctor, will be distributed to hospitals across the region prior to July 27.

Bicol's population

Philippine Statistics Authority – National Statistical Coordination Board Bicol revealed that the region’s population was 5,711,500. By 2015, it is projected to rise to 6,278,000.

Among the regions, Camarines Sur has the highest population, with 1,904,200 people in 2010, and an estimated 2,102,200 next year.

Albay comes in second with 1,313,900 people in 2010, and around 1,433,500 in 2015.

Masbate, meanwhile, is in the third spot, with a population of 870,200 in 2010, and an estimated 960,600 in 2015.

Sorsogon, meanwhile, had a population of 803,400 in 2010, and possibly 889,900 next year.

Camarines Norte, for its part, had 564,000 in 2010, which may rise to 614,300 come 2015.

Catanduanes is the region’s least populated province, with 255,800 in 2010, and likely around 277,500 next year.—With report from Aida A. Naz/PIA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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