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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Senate Approves 120 Days Maternity Leave


Working mothers has another reason to celebrate just in case they are planning to have another baby in the family.  Just this Monday, March 6, the Senate passed on third and final reading the proposed bill increasing the number of days of paid maternity leave.  (Watch: Senate voting on 120-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Bill)


Working mothers has another reason to celebrate just in case they are planning to have another baby in the family.

Just this Monday, March 6, the Senate passed on third and final reading the proposed bill increasing the number of days of paid maternity leave.


(Watch: Senate voting on 120-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Bill)


Under Senate Bill 1305, otherwise known as the proposed Expanded Maternity Leave Law, it mandates the increase of maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days.


Solo working mothers will have an additional 30 days bringing it into 150 days.


In the existing law, women workers may take a leave of 60 days with an equivalent to 100 percent of their basic salary, allowances, and other benefits.

For women who undergo caesarean deliveries, they are entitled to take a leave of 78 days with pay.



Senator Hontiveros thanking her fellow senators for supporting the bill
(Photo: Senator Risa Hontiveros FB Page)
According to Senator Risa Hontiveros, "new generation bill" seeks to respond to the pre and post-natal health needs of different working women and everyday realities faced by the modern Filipino family.

She added it was 25 years ago or in 1992 when the number or maternity leave was increased.
Hontiveros and Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara authored and sponsored the bill, which was co-authored by Senators Francis Pangilinan, Loren Legarda, Nancy Binay, Manny Pacquiao, and Antonio Trillanes IV.

It passed in the Senate with 22-0 votes. 



The bill also allows 30 days of the 120-day maternity leave to be transferred to alternate caregivers such as a spouse, common-law partner, and relative up to the fourth degree of consanguinity, including adoptive parents.

Violators of the proposed law will be penalized with a fine between P5,000 and P20,000, and imprisonment for not less than six years and one day, but not more than 12 years.

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