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DOLE fast tracks IRR for Expanded Maternity Leave Act

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 8 March 2019 02:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured to expedite the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Expanded Maternity Leave Law that extends the maternity leave benefits of female employees.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has 90 days to craft the IRR, but Bello is confident that the agency will be able to finish the draft within 45 to 60 days.

Under the new law, maternity leave benefits of 60 days or two months have been extended to 105 days or more than three months.

It was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20, 2019.

The new law takes effect 15 days after publication of the IRR in broadsheets of national circulation. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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President Duterte signs Expanded Maternity Leave Act

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 February 2019 11:01 AM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — From the previous two months, working mothers in private and public sectors can now avail three and a half-month paid maternity leave after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Expanded Maternity Leave Act on Wednesday (February 22).

Their leave can also be extended up to 30 days but will no longer be paid. Meanwhile, solo mothers can have a 15-day leave extension.

The law’s proponent, Senator Risa Hontiveros, is elated with the said development.

“I laud my fellow women for winning this important battle. They are the true heroes of this struggle. While there will be more battles and challenges in the future, today, women win,” she said.

Malacañang assured that the Expanded Maternity Law will not affect the employment of women especially when discrimination is not allowed in the country.

“Iyong dagdag na maternity leave number of days as well as sa benefits, that will only lessen the profits. Malaki naman talaga ang profits ng mga employers, social service nila yun,” Panelo said. (The additional maternity leave, number of days as well as the benefits, that will only lessen the profits. Employers have high profits, they should consider it as social service.)

“Bawal ang discrimination sa atin, they will be accountable for that
(Discrimination is not allowed, they will be accountable for that),” he added.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, meanwhile, said several employers groups oppose the new law but it should not be a reason for for these employers to not hire women.

The labor department, with the help of several women’s groups, aims to finish the implementing rules and regulations of the said law within 45 days.

“We will expedite the IRR dahil marami nang sectors nag- volunteer to contribute. Eventually they will accept that it is the good for everybody especially our women workers. It should encourage them kasi iyong kanilang women are happy employees. When you are a happy employee, you work well,” Bello said. (We will expedite the IRR because a lot of sectors are volunteering to contribute. Eventually they will accept that it is the good fro everybody especially our women workers. It should encourage them because their women are happy employees, when you are a happy employee, you work well.) — Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)


10-year passport validity to take effect beginning January 2018

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 27 October 2017 09:55 AM

Philippine Passport

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has released the implementing rules and regulations for the Republic Act Number 10928 or the Act Extending the Validity of Philippine Passports.

Under the newly released IRR, there will be no changes in the current passport except for its validity which is extended to 10 years for Filipinos 18 years old and above.

Meanwhile, DFA will issue passports with five-year validity to those below 18 years old.

The passport with 10-year validity is worth P950.

RELATED: President Duterte orders establishment of additional consular offices for faster issuance of passport

Malacañang said Filipinos can begin using next year the new passport with extended validity.

“The Philippine passport with 10-year validity will be introduced beginning the 1st of January , 2018,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. – UNTV News & Rescue



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DOTr to review IRR of Anti-Distracted Driving Act

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:06 AM

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_052417_LTFRB Spokesperson

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) needs to be reviewed.

LTFRB board member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada said there are things that need to be clarified including the use of cellphone as navigational tool.

“The authors intended that you can use Waze, navigational tools but now, when you touch your cellphone that you are using it as a navigational tool, that is something that was not clarified that much in the IRR. So that’s why we need to revive the Technical Working Group,” she said.

The technical working group will be composed of DOTr, LTO, LTFRB, MMDA and PNP-HPG.

Representatives from different organizations and concerned media stakeholders will be invited.

Resource persons will come from the office of Senator JV Ejercito and Cong. Cesar Sarminento.

Although implementation of ADDA is suspended, Lizada still encourages the public to practice hands-free use of cellphones.

“Nobody will be caught for now but it would be good for you to practice at least when you answer calls, hands-free, bluetooth, at least they somehow get used to it,” Lizada said.

She has also given her suggestion on the use of navigational tools.

“You set your destination before you ride. You set it before you ride so that when you are on mobile, it is already working. The only question is where to put the tool, so that will be released and clarified in the IRR.”

LTFRB says suggestions and comments from the public sent to their Facebook and twitter accounts or through mail are welcome.

After the IRR has been crafted, the information education campaign and enforcement will follow.

Meanwhile, Lizada also said the Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 or JAO prohibiting any accessory, device, and equipment that is an obstruction on the line of sight of the driver will not be implemented yet as well. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

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