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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Are You Willing to Increase Your SSS Contribution In Return Of 100 Days Maternity Leave?






House Bill 4113 or the 100 Day Maternity Leave Law and Senate Bill 1305 or the Expanded Maternity Bill are now both approved by the House of Representative and the Senate respectively. Both bills are proposing for the increased number of paid maternity leaves from the current number of 60 days for normal delivery while 78 days for caesarian birth.  House Bill 4113 is proposing for 100 days of maternity leave that may extend to another 30 days without pay while Senate Bill 1305 proposed a 120 days maternity leave regardless of delivery of birth and can be extended to another 30 days but without pay.  The House and the Senate still have to reconcile their versions of the bill before it can be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law.  But if the proposed bill becomes a law, the Social Security System (SSS) said, it needs to raise member's contribution rate to support an additional benefit for the increasing number of paid maternity leaves. According to Louie Sebastian, SSS assistant vice president for media affairs, that in the first half of 2018 alone, SSS released some P3.3 billion in maternity benefit payment. He said this amount will increase by 52% if the number of days of maternity leave will increase. Sebastian added that lawmakers should increase membership contribution to 11.3 percent from current 11 percent to raise funds for additional maternity benefit payment. He also warned that failure to do so will shorten the lifespan of the agency by a year to 2013. Under the provision of HB 4113, 100 days paid maternity leave will be granted to a pregnant female worker regardless of her civil status, the legitimacy of her child and whether she gave birth via caesarian section or natural delivery.  The same maternity leave would also be granted to female employees in every instance of pregnancy, miscarriage, or abortion, regardless of its frequency.
House Bill 4113 or the 100 Day Maternity Leave Law and Senate Bill 1305 or the Expanded Maternity Bill are now both approved by the House of Representative and the Senate respectively. Both bills are proposing for the increased number of paid maternity leaves from the current number of 60 days for normal delivery while 78 days for caesarian birth.

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House Bill 4113 is proposing for 100 days of maternity leave that may extend to another 30 days without pay while Senate Bill 1305 proposed a 120 days maternity leave regardless of delivery of birth and can be extended to another 30 days but without pay.

The House and the Senate still have to reconcile their versions of the bill before it can be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law.
But if the proposed bill becomes a law, the Social Security System (SSS) said, it needs to raise member's contribution rate to support an additional benefit for the increasing number of paid maternity leaves.

According to Louie Sebastian, SSS assistant vice president for media affairs, that in the first half of 2018 alone, SSS released some P3.3 billion in maternity benefit payment.

He said this amount will increase by 52% if the number of days of maternity leave will increase.
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Sebastian added that lawmakers should increase membership contribution to 11.3 percent from current 11 percent to raise funds for additional maternity benefit payment.

He also warned that failure to do so will shorten the lifespan of the agency by a year to 2013.

Under the provision of HB 4113, 100 days paid maternity leave will be granted to a pregnant female worker regardless of her civil status, the legitimacy of her child and whether she gave birth via caesarian section or natural delivery.
The same maternity leave would also be granted to female employees in every instance of pregnancy, miscarriage, or abortion, regardless of its frequency.

This article is filed under maternity leave, leave with pay, expanded maternity leave, house bill, senate bill, paid maternity leaves and maternity benefits.

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First time or not, it is important that you know the do's and don'ts in airport luggage and packing for a hassle-free travel. With promo fares from different airlines in the Philippines, number or air passengers increase, year after year. To make sure you are packing things that are allowed to pass under airport security check, we've compiled the list of what is and isn't allowed, both in your carry on and check-in luggage. This is base on baggage rules of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia — three major airline that is operating in the Philippines.  Ads    Philippine Airlines     The following things are considered to be dangerous goods and are not allowed, both in your checked-in or carry on baggage.    Corrosive Battery Gases/LPG/Camp Stove Flammable Liquid Paints Radioactive Materials Infectious Substances Blood Lighters and Matches Magnetized Materials Oxidizing Material or Paint Stripper Organic Peroxides or Bleach Explosive or Fireworks Toxic Substance            With regards to liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs), passengers are advised to comply with the restrictions  The container cannot be more than 100ml LAGs must be placed inside a sealed, transparent and resealable 1-liter bag. Only one bag per person is allowed Ensure bag is clearly visible in the tray. The following are not allowed to be carried in the cabin. These items must be put in the checked-in baggage:  Nail cutters, swiss knives, scissors, any bladed items or sharp objects Umbrellas of any type Bicycle chains and jacks or other similar items Lighters, which contain “butane” as well as matches, are prohibited in both hand-carried and checked baggage Zippo lighters can be checked in or hand-carried as long as it is completely drained of its fluid Liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) in 100ml or less are the only ones allowed in hand-carried baggage.  LAGs must be placed in containers less than 100ml and must be secured in airtight plastic bags as changes in cabin pressure may cause even well-sealed items to leak All kinds of adhesive tape (masking / packing / scotch / duct / electrical / rubber) Sponsored Links    Security Removed Items     These items are not allowed for carry-on baggage or in the sterile area of the airport  Firearms — Pistols, Revolvers, Ammunitions, Toy Guns and Replicas, Pellet Guns, Rifles, etc.  Stunning Device — Stun Guns and Batons, Animal Stunners and Killers, Gases and Sprays, etc Sharp Objects — Axes, Hatches, Ice Picks, Razor Blades, Knives and Scissors with Blades more than 6cm, Swords, Sabres etc. Worker's Tools — Crowbars, Drills, and Drills Bits, Saws, Blowtorches, etc. Blunt Instrument — Baseball and Softball Bats, Clubs and Batons such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks, Martial Arts Equipments Explosives — Blasting Caps, Detonators, and Fuses, Replica Explosive Devices, Grenades, Pyrotechnics, Fireworks, etc. Liquid, Aerosols, and Gels— Water, Sauce, Lotions, Oils, Perfumes, Sprays, Toothpaste, Shower gels, etc. Ads    When traveling always remember to pack important things in your carry on luggage in case of delayed flight or your luggage goes missing or lost during your flight. The following things should be in your hand-carry baggage!  Cash, traveler's cheques, all credit cards, and any important business or personal documents Medications should always be kept in your carry on baggage, in case of an emergency, and in case of lost luggage. Electronics such as cellphone, tablet, laptops, and small cameras Jewelry Before your flight, make sure you already check your luggage size. If you choose to have a hand-carry baggage make sure you can lift it into the overhead bin. Always remember to put all money, valuables and travel documents in your carry on luggage. Passengers are also advised to pack a pair of clothes in their carry on baggage in case of flight delays, lost or missing baggage.

Starting September 11, 2018, the implementation of Saudization to 12 different jobs in Saudi Arabia will come into effect. Under the Saudization, Saudi nationals will replace expatriate workers in 12 occupations within five months period starting this month.   According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the first phase of the latest Saudization drive will cover the following sectors; 1. Car and motorcycle shops 2. Clothing stores and children's clothing 3. Men's accessories 4. Home and office furniture and household utensils Implementation of the Saudization program to the above mention sector will take effect on September 11, 2018, as the first phase.  The second phase that will be implemented two months later, presumably in the month of November will include the following; 5. Watch shops and eyeglass shops 6. Electrical Appliances 7. Electronic shops  The third phase that will be implemented in mid-January will target the following; 8. Medical Equipment Store 9. Construction Materials Shops 10. Auto-spare parts shop 11. Carpet Shops of all kinds 12. Confectionary shops  Saudization of these 12 jobs was first announced in January base on a decree from Minister of Labor and Social Development that limit work in these fields to Saudi men and women in the start of New Hijri Year. Saudization aims to empower men and women citizens of the Kingdom through employment opportunities and boosting their participation in the private sector.


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants to open more job opportunities for its local citizen with an aim to cut down unemployment and create more jobs for their qualified residents. According to Shoura Council member Saeed Bin Qasim Al-Khaldi Al-Maliki, there is a need to open more job opportunities for their own nationals and lessen the expat-dependency especially in health and education sector where there are 60,000 jobs occupied by expats!  "We should not depend on these jobs on the non-Saudis forever while we have qualified Saudis who are capable of doing perfectly the jobs not only in these two sectors but in all other fields," he said.  With this, he is pushing for nationalization of educational jobs in Saudi Universities. He added, there are many Saudis with Masters and Ph.D. degrees who can take over the jobs of many foreigners.  According to Al-Maliki, there were 60,000 jobs in the sector of education and health currently occupied by foreigners. These jobs he said, is open for nationalization. Aside from this, he said that there are 41,000 non-Saudis being employed by the government and the Kingdom should not depend on expats in terms of its local employment.  Al-Maliki confirms that there are a large number of qualified Saudis who are capable of working in the health sector. This plan is a part of Saudi's Vission 2030 that seeks to reduce the overall unemployment rate from 11.6% to 7%, overhaul the education system and increase the female participation rate from 22% of the workforce to 30%. Part of this is to create 450,000 new jobs for Saudis by 2020.


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