- President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed a law seeking to provide 105-day paid maternity leave
- Under the newly signed law, solo mothers will be given an additional 15 days
- The pregnant workers are also given the chance to extend for 30 days without pay
President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed into law a proposed measure seeking to provide 105 days of paid maternity leave. KAMI learned that under the newly signed law, solo mothers will be granted an additional 15 days of maternity leave.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and former aide Bong Go confirmed that the President has signed the law on February 20 (Wednesday).
Under the new measure, there will be 7-day paid leave that can be transferred to the fathers. The mothers are also given the power to extend their leave for another 30 days but without pay.
The law is applicable to all instances of pregnancies regardless of the legitimacy of the child and the civil status.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that he is confident that this measure will not affect or occur discrimination against women in terms of hiring.
“Filipinos are family-oriented. These industrialist businessmen, they will understand," Panelo said.
According to the report by GMA News, Senator Risa Hontiveros, the proponent of the bill, has shared her side upon the passage of the measure.
“The signing into law of the Expanded Maternity Leave Act is a moment mothers, families, and children will not only remember, but a victory generations of Filipinos will reap the benefits of for the rest of their lives,” Hontiveros said.
“Now, mothers will have more time to rest from pregnancy. Children will be better fed. Fathers and caregivers can bond and create more lasting memories with their loved ones, as families everywhere receive the greatest gift of all time,” she added.
As previously reported by KAMI, the bill was sent to the Office of the President last January 21. During the bicameral meeting, the lawmakers added 5 days to the first proposed 100-day leave.
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