New maternity leave law shows Duterte does not have low regard for women – Belmonte

New maternity leave law shows Duterte does not have low regard for women – Belmonte




Woman rights advocate and current Quezon city vice-mayor Joy Belmonte lauds the signing of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Expanded Maternity Law (EML).

The said act of the President reasons the Quezon City Vice Mayor is a direct contrary to misconception of is supposed low regard for women.

PRRD signing the Expanded Maternity Leave law (photo credit to owner)                                                            


“We congratulate President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the EML which provides a 105-day maternity leave for all women who have just given birth,’’ Belmonte said.

Belmonte says that with the signing of this EML, “this means that she will have more time to nurse her newborn child when the baby is at its most vulnerable’’.
Joy added the law will also allow the mother to fully “mend her body from the rigors of giving birth”.
The Vice Mayor praised the President for exceeding international standards on the labor practice, saying “The EML far exceeds the recommendation of the International Labor Organization for a 98-day maternity leave. As a mother myself, I can tell all employers that this is really and truly a much-needed law. Nothing is as physically and psychologically harrowing an experience as giving birth. Nothing is as fear-inducing as the helpless cry of a newborn baby.”
“As Mayor of Davao City, President Duterte long-ago approved a city resolution extending the maternity leave. True to form, now as our President, he has shown his real colors as a pro-woman leader,” added Belmonte.


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