THE La Trinidad Municipal Council approved on third reading the proposed ordinance mandating all government agencies and private establishments in the Valley to establish a breast-feeding corner in their offices.
The ordinance will direct other establishments to provide specified areas where mothers will be free to breastfeed their child away from open view.
Authored by councilor Roderick Awingan, the ordinance is anchored on Republic Act 10028, expanding the promotion of breast feeding, or the Expanded Promotion of Breastfeeding Act of 2009.
Awingan emphasized the council’s approval should allow the Valley to become a character municipality in protecting the rights and privileges of mothers and new born children.
“The council should take this into an active ordinance to secure the needs especially of the new born child (and) also to secure the practices which include sensitivity to our women,” Awingan said.
It was also stated in the ordinance that breastfeeding is a gender-related concern and should be incorporated in the GAD Plan of all government offices and agencies.
The ordinance will also be applied for government offices and private establishments within the municipality.
However, there will be several exclusions particularly in places such as micro-businesses where mother and child do not typically stay longer.
While the ordinance will be made mandatory, the requirement will not be implied in the process of acquiring permits.
Rather, those who will not abide will be subjected to penalty.
Violation of the ordinance include payment of P1,500 for first offense, P2,000 for second offense, and P2,500 for third and subsequent offenses.