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A labor group on Sunday opposed moves in Congress to amend Republic Act No. 10028, or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, and revises the provisions rendering a time for breastfeeding babies during work hours.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) argued that an amendment to the law would undermine the gains made in curbing malnutrition among babies.

According to TUCP president Democrito Mendoza, a measure consolidating House Bills 3535, 3527 and 3396 proposes to make noncompensable the time a  mother breastfeeds her baby in the workplace during work hours.

The bills were sponsored by Representatives Anna York Bondoc, Lani Mercado-Revilla, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Rufus Rodriguez, Magtanggol Gunigundo and Josephine Lacson-Noel.

“If this is allowed by our legislators, it is like tolerating sexual harassment in workplaces. We are going to fight this tooth and nail,” said Mendoza in a statement.

Mendoza noted that the bills appeared to be against the advocacy promoting breastfeeding while being milk- and pharmaceutical firms-friendly, and providing big businesses “greater avenues” to push their products solely for commercial gain.

Under the current Milk Code, breastfeeding women in the workplace are compensated for lactation breaks of not less than 40 minutes during an eight-hour work period, he pointed out.

“It is antiworker and antiwomen to have  unpaid lactation hours at the workplace for working mothers… it prejudices lactating workers who have a right to equal pay for equal work and it is antiwomen because it discriminates against lactating women who have a right to work while providing the best nutrition for their babies,” he said.

The group described moves to amend the breastfeeding law as “reactionary and unfair,” emphasizing that the current law has been cited by the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organization as a model for other countries to emulate.

The WHO has been advocating exclusive breastfeeding for six months as key to curbing malnutrition and infant mortality. It said that breastfeeding was an “unequaled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants.”

In a regional meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the WHO cited the Philippines for its “Unang Yakap” program, which promotes breastfeeding and works to lower the infant mortality rate in the country. Jocelyn R. Uy

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  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.caparros.9 Paul Caparros

    yang mga proponents ay naka-suso ng gatas ng hayop….

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.caparros.9 Paul Caparros

    gatas ng hayop ang na-suso ng mga proponets na yan.

  • sasama

    …kaya gusto kong kumandidato si Ara Mina sa congress para sa ganitong batas…panalo cya!!!

  • Branch_Warren

    in other countries, it is encouraged that mothers take 6~8th months paid leave to be with their babies. not just care for them and breastfeed them. Here, you want to destroy even the minute benefit a working mom gets.
    stupid.

    • alfred sanchez

      6-8 months leave? saang bansa yan? ikaw ba boss sswelduhan mo empleyado mo ng ganyan katagal ng hindi napasok? konting utak naman

      • http://www.facebook.com/raffy.montemayor Raffy Montemayor

        Oo, gagawin ko yun.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kixsarenas Kix Sarenas

        In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, most women can have as much as 52 weeks Maternity leave. The first 26 weeks is called the Ordinary Maternity Leave. And can be extended by an additional 26 weeks. I think most European countries have more than 6 months maternity leave.

        In the US they have 12 weeks

      • Branch_Warren

        it seems you have very little knowledge. thats whats bad. the first few months is covered by the employer (salary i mean) the rest will be covered by the govt. thats why the taxes deducted to them are quite steep. yet, in the philippines the taxes are high too. the tax payer gets most of the taxes he/she pays for. like what i mentioned and those that replied your stupidity, it is for better maternal care and support. thats what is lacking in the philippines and now, they even want to remove the small time allocated for getting milk from the working mom.

      • alfred sanchez

        wow usa, france, etc ikumpara sa pilipinas? ayus!

      • pangitbudhiko

        alfred, talaga mas mabuti, na magbasa ka na lang wag ka nang magbigay ng comment lumalabas lang na wala kang alam
        I will speak only for Canada, Canada has the highest Taxes, and canadian will pay their taxes simply beacuse they know that it will come back to them in the form of services, free hospitalization, if you are injured in your place of work we have the WORKSMEN COMPENSATION BOARD, YOU ARE PAID IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO WORK for six months.
        You call 911 and you said you need police or medical assistance, the police or EMS (emergency Medical Service or Ambulace) will be knocking at your door in 4 to 5 minutes when you hang your phone. And if you really need seriuos medical assistance , yung telephone operator will tell you what to do, to help that person.
        Hindi niya kinukumpara ang Pilipinas sa usa or france, sinasabi lang niya ang kaibahan, At walang talagang kumnparison and Pilipinas sa USA of France

      • Branch_Warren

        o ayan. may konting input for you to increase your knowledge kahit papano.

      • pangitbudhiko

        good oint warren

      • manuel agoncillo

        I think kailangan mo magbreastfeed ulit… para tumalas naman ang utak mo…

      • http://www.facebook.com/eksi.kyut Eksi Kyut

        p breastfeed k nga sa lola mo ulit..lol..kaw dpat magk roon ng kunting utak..boommm! mag isip2 muna bago mag comment..wawa k nmn..

      • tata_inggo

        France, they will even give a helper to the mother paid by the government.
        Also in this country you can have a medical service free of charge in your own house. The government has a designated on call physician.

      • pangitbudhiko

        alfred, please lang kung wala kang alam wag kang humirit. Dito sa Canada, mothers are given one year paid leave to take care of their new born babies.
        Mothers will really bond with their new born child, and when its time to go back to work, the kids are either brought to a nursery, where the government subsidize part of the nursery expenses and if the company where she works has a program to help the new parent,
        And also for your information the father is also entitled to a paternity leave of one month paid leave,
        As they say alfred seat back and enjoy the ride.
        Nasa Pilipinas ka kasi kaya ganyang ang isip mo.

  • andresa igbac

    ano ba yan lani mercado at lucy torres, minsan lang kayo mabalitaan ng mag sponsor ng bill, mali pa. asan na yong taga Kabataan party-list? eto dapat ang tutulan mo!

    • pangitbudhiko

      POGI POINT SA KANILA, MARAMING ELECTORAL danation mamgagaling sa mga malalaking kumpanyang, Biruin mo makakatipid ang mga kumpanya kung hiondi na sila magbabayad ng suweldo ng ina habang nagbrebreasstfeed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raffy.montemayor Raffy Montemayor

    Don’t vote for Representatives Anna York Bondoc, Lani Mercado-Revilla, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Rufus Rodriguez, Magtanggol Gunigundo and Josephine Lacson-Noel. Include as well Richard Gomez should he run again!

  • justjarred

    kapurit lang ang utak ng nagpanukala ng batas na yan

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcus.p.swanepoel Marcus Swanepoel

    Dear Inquirer. Why not get at least one of the six sponsors to comment? Just a thought.

    • andresa igbac

      sabi sa tv news kanina, ayaw daw ata sumagot sa mga tanong ng media ngayon ang magnificent six hihihihihi. nashock siguro sila sa dami ng hate texts sa kanila. hihihihih. etong bill na to talagang di pinagisipan. uminom kasi kayo ng gatas para makapag-isip ng mabuti, mga anim na dakilang sponsors!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melanie.oca Melanie Ochoa Oca

    Wow, and women Congress members too. Tsk tsk tsk! In other countries such as Australia and Canada, that provide 6-8 months compensation for mothers, these are first world countries that thrive on good governance where people’s taxes go to where it should go so paying women is accepted because these companies are well supported by the government in terms of finances and these countries value the basic family unit. I cannot speak the same for our government or for our politicians but I am not losing hope for our beloved country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melanie.oca Melanie Ochoa Oca

    Even Australia and Canada practice the 6 months paid leave for mothers. Proof that their taxes go to where it should go. These countries thrive on good governance and importance to the basic family unit. Hindi tulad ng bansa at gobyerno natin, at karamihan ng mga kababayan natin, na walang malasakit sa kapwa, at puro sarili lang ang iniisip. Larga lang ng larga, survival of the fittest daw ang tawag nila dun, hindi na bale maka abala ng ibang tao.

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