Challenges and Strategies of Bicol University in Compliance with the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028)

Authors

  • Richard L. Bartolata

Keywords:

focal persons, GAD, key informants, regulatory compliance

Abstract

This descriptive study utilized a pre-tested structured interview guide based largely on the provisions of the Expanded Breastfeeding (EBF) Promotion Act (RA 10028) which required evidence for verification in order to maintain the objectivity of the responses. Key informant interviews were done with Bicol University (BU) academic deans and directors (as Gender and Development (GAD) focal persons) and faculty presidents to determine BU’s extent of compliance with RA 10028, identify the challenges to its compliance and the strategies to address the identified challenges. Fourteen academic deans and directors who voluntarily participated in the study claimed “Low Extent of Compliance” with the provisions of RA 10028 which was confirmed by 12 faculty presidents. According to the key informants, the most significant challenge lies in integrating the concepts of EBF in programs not related to health. Hence, the respondents’ proposed strategy was to integrate the EBF concepts in the National Service Training Program (NSTP). BU’s low extent of compliance with RA 10028 can be attributed to the identified challenges which is compounded by no systematic evaluation of its implementation in the university. It is hereby recommended to BU administrators to support the proposed Exclusive Breastfeeding Promotion Program aimed at establishing a breastfeeding-friendly work environment in the university through the implementation of policies and programs that align with guidelines set forth by RA 10028 so that work is not a barrier to exclusive breastfeeding

Published

2021-07-03