SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go filed a bill that seeks to increase the service incentive leaves (SIL) of private sector employees.
Go filed Senate Bill (SB) 1705, which will amend Article 95 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, mandating employers to give their employees a yearly SIL of 10 days with pay.
Currently, the SIL is granted to a worker who has served for 12 months, whether continuous or broken.
Go noted that the Labor Code also provides that if the employer opts to grant employees with vacation leaves of at least five days, the employer shall be deemed compliant with the mandatory grant of the SIL. In effect, the mandatory leave credits are at a minimum of five days only and other leaves.
To further incentivize employees, Go said that his measure seeks to increase SIL from five days to 10 days for every year of service rendered.
"The granting of this additional incentive leave is in recognition of the critical role and sacrifices that employees play in nation-building," said Go.
"This measure also aims to boost the morale and satisfaction of employees which are manifested in increased productivity and minimize the risk of health and safety issues among employees," he added.
Recognizing the critical role and significant contribution of workers in society, Go said that greater protection and promotion of their rights and welfare shall mean better performance of the economy.
"While the economy is slowly recovering, we should support our workers and give them protection because they're the backbone of our economy," he stressed.
Go was instrumental in the enactment of Republic Act 11466 or the "Salary Standardization Law 5," which he authored and co-sponsored, that gives civilian government employees their salary increases broken down in tranches.
According to the Department of Budget and Management, the last tranche of mandatory salary increases for state employees went into effect on January 1 this year.
Last year, Go also filed SB 1183, or the proposed "Media and Entertainment Workers' Welfare Act," which seeks to provide enhanced protection, security and incentives for media workers through additional health insurance packages, overtime and night differential pay, and other benefits.