By Marjorie Gorospe
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA— Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) chief Jesse Robredo urges all local government officials to set up a breastfeeding station in their respective cities to promote breastfeeding in the country.
Robredo also issues an order for all local government officials – from provincial governors to barangay chairpersons - urging them to adopt and implement a workplace lactation program in their respective offices within three months.
“With these efforts, we hope to help nursing mothers ensure that their infants get optimum health and proper nutrition through breastfeeding which they can do anytime once lactation stations are already set up,” Robredo said.
This move supports the program and recommendations of the Department of Health and the World Health Organization to promote breastfeeding and its benefits in the country.
Robredo added the DILG is also thinking of mandating a workplace lactation program as a requirement for private companies applying for business permits.
Under Republic Act No. 10028 or the “Expanded Promotion of Breastfeeding Act of 2009”, all private and public institutions are required to set up lactation facilities in the workplace as well as implement appropriate breastfeeding programs.
However, not all LGUs have complied with this order.
Robredo also calls for compliance to Executive Order No. 51 or the “National Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, Breastmilk Supplements and Other Related Products.”
EO 51 states guidelines for milk companies in marketing infant formula and products that can substitute for breast milk without undermining the practice of breastfeeding and its benefits.
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