Pinay baby girl “Vinice”, symbolically the 8 billionth person in the world

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Isinilang noong Martes, ika-15 ng Nobyembre, si Baby Vinice Mabansag, ang babaeng sanggol mula sa Delpan, Tondo na symbolikong ika-8 bilyong tao sa daigdig (Larawan kuha ng POPCOM)

MANILA, Philippines — A baby girl born to Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila early on November 15 was designated as the “symbolic” eight billionth person born, according to a report by the Philippine Star newspaper.

Representatives of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) witnessed the birth of one Vinice Mabansag, who was born to Maria Margarette Villorente.

“The world welcomes Vinice Mabansag of Delpan, Tondo as the symbolic 8 billionth baby from the Philippines,” said the National Capital Region division of POPCOM in a Facebook post a few hours after Baby Vinice was born at 1:29 in the morning Tuesday.

Before the birth of Baby Vinice, the United Nations (UN) expected the birth of the world’s eighth billion person to be a milestone “to celebrate diversity and advances while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet .”

The agency attributes such growth to improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine, as well as higher fertility rates.

Despite concerns that population growth may affect economic development, if not the excessive consumption of resources, Rachel Snow of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said that the rate of population growth in the world is noticeably weakened.

The UN says annual growth has fallen from 2.1% between 1962 and 1965 to below 1% in 2020 and could drop further to around 0.5% in 2050. It also projects the population will continue to growing to about 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 , and peaking at about 10.4 billion in the 2080s.

Dr. Leila Sajii Joudane, UNFPA Country Representative in the Philippines said in a statement that it is very important that today’s 110 million Filipinos achieve their full potential and human rights.

“We must give everyone the capacity and space to make informed and responsible decisions, provide opportunities to choose and exercise their human rights — including sexual and reproductive health, and enable access to quality education and equal chance for economic opportunities,” Joudane said.