Two busloads of tri-media participants staying at the Lotus Garden Hotel and City Garden Hotel located at Mabini corner Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila were fetched as early as 8:00 a.m., Nov. 25, 2009.
We were brought to the Manila Hotel (a few kilometers away, along Roxas Blvd.) Centennial Hall for the congress, where we were ushered in and occupied seats around more or less 8 round tables. I was seated at table no. 90. The whole function room was filled with PopCom officials and employees from all regions of the country (Region 1 to 13, CAR, NCR, etc).
The program, hosted by DZMM station manager Angelo Palmones, started at 10:00 a.m. with an opening remarks and updates from Dir. Tomas Osias of the Population Commission.
The affair was also an awarding ceremony for best practices in Natural Family Planning-Responsible Parenthood, which was won by the Municipality of Tanay, Rizal. and two other municipalities from Visayas and Mindanao.