Longer maternity leave, 'massive victory for women' - Hontiveros

Longer maternity leave, 'massive victory for women' - Hontiveros




The newly signed law of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  titled Expanded Maternity Leave Act is historic mainly because it gave more emphasis in the importance of the role of mothers in the Philippine society as a whole.
Opposition senator Risa hontiveros calls it  a “massive victory for women and their families.”

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros (photo credit to owner)

“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,” Hontiveros said in a statement.
Hontiveros adds, that the signing of the law puts the country at par with the international standards which prior to the signing maternity leaves provided by our laws were clearly lacking.
The opposition senator notes that the newly signed law promotes the “best available evidence and practice” consistent with improving the country’s 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,” Hontiveros said.
"I salute the tireless work of our advocates, health service providers and my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives for closing ranks and crossing partylines to see this measure through. But most especially, I laud my fellow women for winning this important battle. They are the true heroes of this struggle. While there will be more battles and challenges in the future, today, women win,” she added.
The Expanded Maternity Leave Act grants 105 days of paid maternity leave for women workers, as well an option to extend the leave to an additional 30 days without pay.
For single moms, they can avail of an additional 15 day paid leave.





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