100-day maternity leave with pay pushed in House

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A lawmaker is calling for passage into law of a measure that would mandate an increase in maternity leave with pay to workers in both the public and private sectors.

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The bill co-authored by Rep. Mark Villar of Las Piñas City (Metro Manila), which aims to extend paid maternity leave benefits of employees in the government service and the private sector from 60 days to 100 days, recently hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives.

“Philippine laws, which grant only 60 days, and in some cases 78 days of maternity leave, clearly fall short compared to the international standard of 14 weeks,” Villar said in pushing for measure that was passed by the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality.

If passed into law, House Bill 6399 or the 100-Day Maternity Leave Law, would allow employees to avail themselves of an additional 30-day maternity leave.

It would also provide daily maternity benefit to employees in the private sector who have paid at least three monthly contributions in the 12-month period immediately preceding the semester of childbirth or miscarriage.

“By institutionalizing reforms in the system, we hope to find a more sustainable approach so that mothers would not have to choose between family and work,” Villar said.

Recently, the Senate approved a bill granting 100-day paid maternity leave and amending existing laws that provide a 60-day maternity leave to government employees and a 60- and 78-day maternity leave to those in the private sector who gave birth through normal delivery and by caesarian section, respectively.

Villar also has a proposal to amend Commonwealth Act 647 that limits maternity leave benefits to government employees who are married.

“Marriage should not be used to discriminate. Single mothers working in the government should not be treated as second-class citizens,” he said.

“We need to level the playing field. The law should not distinguish between married and unmarried mothers,” Villar added.

The government is still using Commonwealth Act 647 in implementing the Administrative Code of 1987 and other pertinent civil service laws.

“The government must recognize the unique role of women in the development of our country as a rising economy,” Villar said.

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8 Comments

  1. How long are we going to wait for this to be approved?
    Hoping this will be approved asap.
    There is no further discussion needed for this to be approved.
    This is for the betterment of all babies and mothers who just have given birth.
    All working mothers, hard working mothers should i say, who are paying taxes religiously deserve this.

  2. How long would be the process for the approval of this bill? This bill was proposed a year ago/ 1st qtr last yr. It was just approved by Senate last month & already pushed in House of Rep. I just hope it will not take so long for its approval to become a law & not to be vetoed by the pres.

  3. say your a small franchise operator tapos yung isang crew mo buntis at manganganak…100 days sya absent pero babayaran mo pa rin sya….. nakew baka wala ng kumuha ng married na employees nyan……

  4. Another “bright idea” from an esteemed law maker. This law has the potential to do more damage than good. For one it will adversely affect the PHL population.

    • How can you say that it will cause NO GOOD to our country??? Do you know what you are talking about??? well, It’s not about affecting population, It’s about PROTECTING WOMEN LIFE… Kung ikaw kaya ang manganak?!!!! Bitter ka siguro,,, hmp!

  5. pakialamero na pinoy on

    Public and private employees will see this mandate as an additional entitlement / incentive and applies to married and unmarried as well. This will also serve as an encouragement to some, to make some more babies, and the effort in trying to control the population will be set aside. Secondly, medium and small businesses will not hire females that are in their first stage of pregnancy and some of them will not put female positions as permanent positions. This way, they can get around in not paying maternity leave on their employees. There are also several ways where medium and small businesses can circumvent this mandate.