Duterte finally signs into law the Expanded Maternity Leave


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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte finally signed into law the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed that the President signed the law on Wednesday. Duterte’s former top aide Christopher “Bong” Go also confirmed that the President has signed the bill in approval.
Duterte finally signs into law the Expanded Maternity Leave

The landmark law will grant additional leave benefits of up to 120 days to working mothers.

The measure will apply to all working women regardless of her civil status or legitimacy of her child.

Under the law, it will guarantee 105 paid leaves to all working mothers, with 7 days transferable to fathers as paternity leave. An additional 15 days shall be granted to single mothers.

Working mothers can even extend their leaves for up to 30 more days but will be unpaid.

It amends the previous law granting only 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery and 78 days for cesarean delivery.

The new law will also remove the 4-pregnancy cap and will apply to all women workers both in the government and private sectors.

The Expanded Maternity Leave bill was passed in Congress in October 2018 and was transmitted to the Palace on January 21, 2019.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, author of the said law lauded the passage of the bill. She called it a “massive victory for women and their families!”

The Senate Bill No. 1305 for the Expanded Maternity Leave was prepared and submitted jointly by the Committees on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality: Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation; Finance; and Government Corporations and Public Enterprises along with Senators Francis Pangilinan, Manny Pacquiao, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV, Nancy Binay, Loren Legarda and Sonny Angara as authors.

The Congress counterpart bill on the said law was sponsored by Representatives Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Francsica Castro, Pia Cayetano, Emmi De Jesus, Linabelle Villaricaand Micaela Violago.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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