The City Government of Muntinlupa, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Muntinlupa-Filinvest and Rotary Club South Korea, officially inaugurated the Human Milk Bank. The facility aims to provide readily available and accessible pasteurized breast milk to newborns from the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Initial talks between the City Government of Muntinlupa and Rotary Club in 2022 marked the beginning of the project. To formalize its commitment, both parties signed an agreement in 2023, naming the Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun) as the location housing the milk bank.

This opened the door for OsMun to renovate an area in an effort to meet the structural requirements of a milk bank facility. Comprehensive training programs were also organized to equip the hospital staff with the necessary skills to run the facility efficiently and provide essential services.

Mayor Ruffy Biazon also assures that the city government will continue its support to this initiative, and are looking forward to other programs and projects along the way.

“The impact of having this facility will also reach those outside the borders of Muntinlupa. As we look at it, we are saving lives through this project, most especially the disadvantaged families of the newborns who are in dire need of nutrition,” said Mayor Ruffy Biazon.

Last December 2023, OsMun received the human milk pasteurizer donated by the Rotary Club, while the City Health Office has procured the remaining equipment and supplies for the facility through the funds from the Gender and Development Office. The delivery process for these items is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2024.

Once ready, milk-letting and pasteurizing will then begin in OsMun. The City Government of Muntinlupa and Rotary Club will also be conducting mobile milk-letting activities to reach other communities for milk donations.

By launching the milk bank, Muntinlupa City aims to improve health services for critically ill infants. Muntinlupeños are encouraged to support this initiative not only by volunteering but also by spreading awareness about the importance of this service.

The human milk bank is one of the many projects of the City Government of Muntinlupa in accordance with its goals for their Kalusugan Agenda.

*Source: Public Information Office