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TURNOVER CEREMONY. Outgoing regional director Ma. Gloria A. Tango (2nd from right) and assistant regional director Joel M. Gonzales (rightmost) of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 handed the ISO certification to incoming regional director Chona M. Mantilla and assistant regional director Yahya “Yang” A. Centi on January 30, 2012 during the turnover of command of DOLE 12. Mantilla assumes as regional director on February 1. (DED/RTLacibal/PIA12)

PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Breastfeeding corners in buses in Region-12 eyed

by CT Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 11 (PIA) -- Buses all over the region will soon have their own designated “breastfeeding corner” in recognition of the law that upholds the right of a mother and her child to provide and be fed anytime even in transit.

This is in line with Republic Act 10028 otherwise known as the "Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009" which enjoins all private institutions, government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations to put up lactation stations.

The law also provides tax incentives to all private establishments and even government agencies that provide lactation corners for working mothers.

According to Department of Health (DOH), RA 10028 also mandates all health and non-health facilities, establishments or institutions to designate lactation stations along with appropriate facilities such as lavatory for hand washing, refrigeration for storing breast milk, electrical outlets for breast pumps, a small table; and comfortable seats for working mothers.

In support of the law, the Regional Development Council (RDC) 12 has passed a resolution last year “requesting the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 12 to issue a directive requiring all bus operators in Region 12 to designate a breastfeeding seat/corner inside buses.”

The RDC-12 Social Development Committee has recommended that bus operators reserve the “third seat by the window” of the bus as breastfeeding station.

Recently, the LTFRB XII, in response to the resolution, issued a directive to bus operators in the region enjoining their compliance.

The directive orders bus operators to put a “signage” on designated seats as provided by the management so that they will be exclusively “occupied by the lactating mothers.”

The RDC-12 believes the move will create a “mother-baby friendly ride,” that is favorable for both as it provides “privacy” for breastfeeding mothers to nurture their babies properly.

RA 10028 also apportions 40 minutes for every 8-hour working period for nursing employees to “express milk” in addition to the regular meal time-off. (CTA/PIA General Santos City)

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