The Philippines, the 12th most populous country in the world, welcomed its 100 millionth citizen on July 27 morning, who is a baby girl named Jennalyn Sentino.

Head of the country’s Commission on Population Juan Antonio Perez said the milestone of 100 million presents both opportunities and challenges, particularly when around one quarter of the population are living in poverty.

He said the country is seeking ways to bring social services to poor people and reduce the fertility rate down to two per woman from the current three.

In April this year, a law on reproductive health came into effect providing the poor with birth control services. Thanks to the law, an estimated 2-3 million Philippine women will have access to family planning methods.-VNA