Dole wants more ‘lactating rooms’ in workplaces-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Office has urged companies and firms in the region to put up more lactating rooms for working mothers pursuant to Republic Act 10028 or the "Expanded Breast Feeding Act of 2009."
The Dole on Monday held an orientation in cooperation with the Clark Development Corporation and attended by some 40 nurses, health practitioners and 30 locators from this Freeport.
Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said that Dole's ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of women workers, who should be provided safe working conditions, “taking into account their maternal functions by giving them access to facilities and opportunities that will enhance their welfare in order for them to be productive.”
He added that the lactating and breastfeeding stations would encourage working mothers to continue nourishing their infant or young child at the workplace.
In this Freeport, Aderans Philippines Inc., was recently given a special citation by the Dole for promoting lactation at the workplace.
Other locators, which have set-up lactating and breastfeeding stations include Fontana Leisure Park, Sutherland Global Services, Texas Instruments Philippines Inc., Clark International Airport Corporation, United Parcel Services Landside, and Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp., among others.
Thousands of working mothers are currently employed with these locators, Agravante said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 03, 2013.