Room for mothers

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


IT TOOK a working woman to think of what working women may need most to be truly effective in their tasks. The proposal is to have a separate room in offices or workshops that employ mothers where they can breastfeed their infants. It is a wonder to me why it took a long time for a proposal like this to be raised.

It was a woman councilor of an urban community who thought of what should really have been considered as a done thing by people in civilized Philippines many years ago. And it is good to have the proposal implemented not only in Cebu but also in the whole country. Yes, women should be aided to be good mothers.

How such an idea that looks popularly attractive at this time would be implemented without being tainted with the politics of our time would be quite tricky.

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But I think that it is an idea that is also economically valuable, with its innovative touch adding great social significance to it. Besides, it can be put aside in the meantime until the wind of politics calms down, and our lawmakers can work on it without politics.

I do think that the proposal nourishes both a social and economic importance to the nation in general, and to the individual working mother in particular.

The proponent suggests that a working mother can choose to bottle her breast milk when it is already feeding time and send it home or have her baby brought to her in the “lactating room” where she can nurse the baby. It is a workable idea, as well as the bottling of her milk, placing it in a ref, and then sending it home.

Either way, the point remains that an important public service is being undertaken for the convenience of nursing mothers which would benefit our children of the coming generation. Yes, I believe that healthy children make active and useful citizens.

There is no arguing the fact that we need better citizens. I don’t know about you, but the idea of having “lactating rooms” in workplaces and business offices that employ more than 10 women is good idea.

At the moment, the proposal is just a figment of the collective imagination of the city council of Mandaue, which has approved the ordinance as filed recently. But it should really be considered as a working model for the country, and other countries in the globe, if none has broached the idea to other nations yet.

If some men can do this for the valued hens of their prized fighting cocks, why not our men too for the mother of their children?

But no kidding now. For once, I think we should really be serious about caring for our young generation in order to be sure of having a healthy future. It is an imperative need.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 23, 2013.

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