Article originally appeared in INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines – Save the Children has advised lawmakers and aspiring candidates in the upcoming congressional elections in May 2013 “not to tamper with provisions in the Milk Code, which promote breastfeeding over milk substitutes.”
The “Milk Code” is Executive Order No. 51 issued by former President Corazon Aquino in October 1986, based on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly. It was commended in 2009 by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in its Concluding Observations on the Philippines’ implementation of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).