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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)

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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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