Breastfeeding as the Main Pillar in Having a Healthy Citizenry
A healthy citizenry is every local government unit’s asset in attaining sustainable development. In achieving this, stakeholders particularly the mothers should be exposed to the proper and effective method in nurturing a child, which is to breastfeed.
The Quezon City Government, as one of the main advocates of breastfeeding, established a Quezon City Health Policy for Breastfeeding through its 18th Quezon City Council headed by its Presiding Officer Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte.
The ordinance was entitled as “Breastfeeding Promotion Ordinance of Quezon City” which aims to provide information on the benefits and superiority of breastfeeding as the normal, natural and preferred method of feeding infants and young children to all mothers in Quezon City.
Ordinance No. SP-2076, Series of 2011 stated that Quezon City Health Department and other agencies would train and educate the various agencies, professionals and non-governmental offices on current and updated lactation management. This ordinance will also develop and provide breastfeeding programs for employers who are encouraged to make them available to their employees as part of their human resource development programs.
These projects will be highlighted in the month of August, in line with the Quezon City Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The city-wide celebration and program of activities shall be headed by the Quezon City Health Department in coordination with national and local governmental agencies, professionals and NGOs intended to promote breastfeeding as one of the main advocacies of the city in attaining a “Mother-Baby Friendly City.”
Furthermore, the Quezon City Government established its own Breastfeeding Station which was launched during its Women’s Month Celebration last March in order to provide a venue for employees and visitors to nourish their babies to encourage breastfeeding among mothers and even in workplace.