MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law an act that gives working mothers 105 days or 3 months of paid leave.
Former aide Bong Go announced this in a message to reporters on Thursday, February 21. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this, saying the law was signed by Duterte on Wednesday, February 20.
A copy of the law, called the Expanded Maternity Leave Act or Republic Act No 11210, can be found below.
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The new measure requires that new mothers be given 105 days or 3 months of paid maternity leaves, both in the government offices and private companies.
This can be extended to 30 days of leave without pay.
As for fathers, a total of 7 out of the 105 days of leave may be transferred to them. This would expand fathers' paid paternity leave to 14 days.
Solo working mothers would also get an additional 15 days of leaves under the law for a total of 120 days of paid maternity leaves.
‘Massive victory' for women, families
Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate committee on women who pushed for the passage of the measure, hailed the signing of the law.
“Today is a massive victory for women and their families. The signing into law of the Expanded Maternity Leave Act is a moment mothers, families, and children will not only remember, but a victory generations of Filipinos will reap the benefits of for the rest of their lives,” she said in a statement.
Hontiveros noted that the law places the Philippines “at par with international standards” and “supports the best available evidence and practice which are consistent with improving maternity leave policy.”
“Now, mothers will have more time to rest from pregnancy. Children will be better fed. Fathers and caregivers can bond and create more lasting memories with their loved ones, as families everywhere receive the greatest gift of all – time,” the senator said. – Rappler.com
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