Expanded Maternity Leave bill awaits for President Duterte’s sign

Expanded Maternity Leave bill awaits for President Duterte’s sign

- The bicameral committee has approved the Expanded Maternity Bill

- It has been sent to the Office of the President last January 21

- Now, it is just waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte’s sign for it to become a law

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The Expanded Maternity Leave bill has been sent to the Palace and is now waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature for it to become a law. KAMI learned that the proposed law has been transmitted to the Office of the President last January 21.

In a report by Philippine Star, the House of the Representatives and the Senate ratified the 105-day Expanded Maternity Leave bill last October 2018. During the bicameral meeting, they added 5 days to the first proposed 100-day leave.

For solo mothers, there will be additional 15 days of leave, making it 120 for them. The paternity leave doubled from 7 days to 14 now.

In a report by ABS-CBN News, former DIWA Party-list and incumbent Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar announced the news on her Facebook page.

"The enrolled bill of the EML law has been transmitted to the President for his signature," Aglipay-Villar said.

“Malapit na malapit na!” she added.

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According to Senator Risa Hontiveros, the bill will lapse into law by February 14.

In a previous report, KAMI explained the Maternity Leave here in the Philippines. The current maternity leave is good for 60 days for those who had normal delivery and 78 days for those who went caesarean section (C-section) according to RA 7322.

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