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House approves 100-Day Maternity Leave Law on 3rd and final reading

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Filipino mothers hold their newly born babies during the ‘First Embrace’ campaign for Early Essential Newborn Care of the World Health Organization

Employed mothers may now spend more time with their newborns without worrying about pay cuts from unpaid leaves they are likely to take when taking care of an infant.

Congress has approved on 3rd and final reading on Tuesday (September 4), House Bill No. 4113 which grants government and private sector female employees 100 days of paid maternity leave.

An earlier version of the bill approved by the Senate proposes to give 120 days with additional 30 days for solo working parents.

What’s left to be done now is to consolidate the versions of both houses of Congress before submitting it to Malacañang for signing into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under the current law, mothers are only allowed 60-78 days of paid maternity leave.

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House approves 100-day maternity leave on 2nd reading

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

The Lower House on Tuesday approved on second reading House Bill 4113 that seeks to expand paid maternity leave to 100 days.

The proposed measure, which covers female employees in both government and private sector, also allows the extension of the maternity leave by 30 days without pay.

Under the current maternity law, pregnant employees are entitled to 60 days of paid maternity leave for a normal childbirth and 78 days for a cesarean delivery.

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DSWD serves 9,000 stranded OFWs in first 100 days

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

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As part of the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that one of its biggest accomplishments is the delivery of prompt and compassionate service to 9,476 stranded overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Saudi Arabia.

The agency reported that it has provided psychological intervention to convince the OFWs to return home.

It added that the agency has also provided livelihood to the repatriated OFWs.

“I think it is important to highlight that, that the first 100 days of the Duterte administration include the compassion that was absent in the previous administration vis-à-vis our stranded OFW,” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

DSWD also allotted one billion pesos to fund the rehabilitation of 37,000 drug dependent surrenderers that will run for about 2 years.

Moreover, President Rodrigo Duterte has also instructed the department to visit and give financial, livelihood assistance and counseling to the families of wounded and deceased soldiers.

Aside from this, the DSWD also plans to conduct a “national kumustahan” among 4Ps beneficiaries to monitor if they are properly using the government fund.

READ: DSWD defends irregularities on implementation of 4P’s

Meanwhile, Taguiwalo said that she has been receiving several complaints from the victims of typhoon Yolanda claiming that relief goods did not reach them.

The DSWD is now investigating these complaints especially in the most affected areas.

“It’s going to be a major challenge to us how to address this (…) The problem is how to validate this claim because we really want to give those who have not received anything,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

The secretary believes that the international humanitarian aid will not be affected despite some of the presidents statements against international communities. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Peter Wallace lauds Duterte administration in first 100 days

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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MANILA, Philippines
— Australian businessman Peter Wallace commended President Rodrigo Duterte for accomplishing some of his campaign promises such as stamping out drug menace and eradicating corruption during his 100 days in office.

Speaking at a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, October 5, Wallace praised the government for the “remarkable change” happening in the country since Duterte took office on June 30.

“I’ve been studying this man for quite some time. I’ve known him for quite some time. This is a man who genuinely cares for this country and genuinely cares for its people. And what I particularly like, he cares for what really matters like in the provinces where we have the poorest of the poor and the people suffering the most,” said Wallace, founder of the Wallace Business Forum.

Wallace is a known businessman who has lived in the country for four decades. He has been granted Philippine citizenship considering his contributions to local business community and his various socio-civic advocacies.

Wallace particularly hailed Duterte’s signing of an executive order for the implementation of the Freedom of Information, which he said should have been done a long time ago. He likewise expressed support for Duterte’s economic team led by Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III and the 10-point economic agenda.

Wallace also defended the President’s “radical” style of ruling the country giving his two cents in the way Duterte is being portrayed in the media.
He noted that some social ills such as drugs and criminality have prompted the President to use offensive language.

“He’s angry and he’s frustrated and he takes this out by swearing, which is not terribly abnormal in the society that he is mixed in. But it is difficult for particularly foreigners to understand,” he said.

“And what happens unfortunately is too often what he says is taken literally rather than interpreting what he actually meant. Because if you do that, you find that most of the swearing is just top of the head type of stuff, that doesn’t have any real importance to it, that isn’t the real intent. It’s underlying that behind that really matters. And what’s underlying behind that is that he wants change and he wants to get things done,” he added.

Wallace likewise believes the President is not severing ties with the United States despite his recent pronouncement of establishing economic ties with Russia and China.

“He’s trying I think to establish that the Philippines is a truly independent country. It is no longer a colony of the US. It is no longer subservient in any way to the US. It wants its independence and in a fairly dramatic way that he’s trying to put that across, right? Now, it’s an unusual way,” he said.

For his part, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President’s statement might not necessarily mean breaking up of alliances with other countries.
“He is not closing. He is broadening,” Secretary Abella said adding that there was still no move to end ties with US.

On the matter of the extrajudicial killings, Wallace said that this does not affect business at all.

“I don’t see it affecting business particularly. There’s no question that there has been concern raised by some of the foreign business community over these but nobody, nobody is withdrawing. No companies are going out but business is not affected directly,” he said.

Wallace also believes that Congress needs to stop hearings and focus on granting the President emergency powers to address the worsening traffic problem.

Source: Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)

— UNTV News and Rescue

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