Pres. Duterte signs law expanding maternity leave to 105 days

Pres. Duterte signs law expanding maternity leave to 105 days

This one is historic, because for all its intents and purposes, this law is a massive victory for women.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law a bill that extends the existing 60days of maternity leave to 105 days with full pay.

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Under the new law, working mothers regardless of civil status—to extend their leave for another 30 days, but without pay. On the other hand, single mothers can have an additional 15-day paid leave. 

Seven of the 105 day leave benefit may be transferable to fathers. This is separate from the law mandated 7 day paternity leave provided under the 1996 Paternity Leave Act.

The old law allows only 60 days paid maternity leave for women for normal deliveries and 78 days for caesarean section deliveries.

No to discrimination

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, issued a warning to companies against gender discrimination now that maternity leaves are now longer.

"Bawal ang discrimination sa atin (discrimination is not allowed here), they will be accountable for that. I don't think they will," the spokesman said. "Regardless of the rules and regulations ng mga (of the) companies, they will have to follow the law now. Wala na silang (they don't have a) choice."

Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo gave the statement that this would be a big help to those working mothers who cannot hire baby sitters.

"At least maiiwanan niya iyong kaniyang anak na medyo malaki-laki na. Kaya ito, mahaba-habang pinush ng maraming advocates, at nagpapasalamat tayo na, finally, ngayon ay batas na siya," Robredo said 

In the ASEAN region, prior to the signing of the law, the Philippines is one of the countries that have the shortest maternity leave duration aside from Malaysia.

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