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Philippines welcomes 100 millionth baby

Published on Jul 27, 2014 12:58 PM
Newly-born baby girl Jennalyn Sentino, who has been designated as the Philippines' "100,000,000th baby", sleeps during a presentation at a government hospital in Manila on July 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - 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 recognise," Juan Antonio Perez, executive director of the official Commission on Population, told AFP.

While a growing population means a larger workforce, it also means more dependents in a country where about 25 per cent of people are living in poverty, he said.

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