Celso thanks ILO donation for public lactation station PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 February 2013 10:05

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday thanked the International Labor Organization (ILO) for donating to the city government an equipment and monitoring and evaluation tool necessary for setting up a public lactation station in the informal economy at the Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex.

He said the facility will surely strengthen his administration’s advocacy for breastfeeding in the workplace.

To recall, the City Council has passed an enabling ordinance in July 2011 that seeks to promote breastfeeding in workplaces in the city of Zamboanga.

The ordinance (Ord. 377) principally authored by Councilor Lilia Nuño and co-authored by most members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod recognizes breast milk as the best source of nutrition for babies, promotes the development of emotional bonding between the mother and the child, bestows upon the newborn infant protection against infection, provides the mother natural contraception after delivery and protects the mother from closely spaced pregnancy.

The ordinance also mandates all private enterprises and government agencies to establish lactation stations with the necessary equipment and facilities. So far we already have 10 public lactation stations in the city.

In November 2011, the ILO officials also came to Zamboanga and assessed the city’s breastfeeding program. During the said visit the ILO had assured to assist the city government in the establishment of another public lactation station. “And today, the ILO is keeping that promise.”

Lobregat was confident that in due time all workplaces in Zamboanga will have a place where lactating mothers can breastfeed their babies.

Present during the opening of a public lactation station at Sta. Cruz Public Market were City Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos and representatives from ILO and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). — Vic Larato