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    Villanueva seeks 10-day paid leave as incentive for private workers

    MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva is looking at giving workers from the private sector a 10-day leave as service incentive.

    Villanueva seeks 10-day paid leave as incentive for private workers
    Senator Joel Villanueva submitted Senate Bill No. 1614 or “An Act Increasing Service Incentive Leave Pay of Employees” | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Joel Villanueva

    Villanueva submitted Senate Bill No. 1614 or “An Act Increasing Service Incentive Leave Pay of Employees”, wherein every employee who has rendered at least one year of service, shall be entitled to an annual service incentive leave of 10 days.

    Currently under Article 95 of the Labor Code, employers in the private sector are required to give their employees an annual paid service incentive leave of five days. The service incentive leave is also commutable, meaning it is convertible to cash if not used at the end of the year.

    With Villanueva's SB No. 1614, it seeks to add 5 more days but it will no longer be commutable. It will also not be applicable to employees who are already given at least 10 days of paid vacation leave. Establishments who only employ less than 10 people are also exempted.

    Villanueva explained that providing a healthy “work-life” balance to workers is important because “they will have less personal problems as they can spend more time to attend to their personal and family matters.”

    “It will affect their positive outlook in life and positive attitude at work,” the senator added.

    In turn, employers will also benefit from happy employees. Villanueva said, “I always say that happy employees will mean committed, productive, loyal employees. A contented employee is a committed employee who works efficiently to the employer’s profit.”

    Villanueva, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, added that the bill fosters Filipino values and enriches family life.

    He said, “We submit that Senate Bill No. 1614 will help shape an economy that is harmonious with treasured Filipino values, most especially, strong family ties and a vibrant and happy community where there is positive regard for the well-being of our workers and their families.”

    The said bill is currently pending at the Senate but the House of Representatives’ version was already approved August of this year.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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