Citing international labor standard, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has pushed for a bill that would extend maternity leave from 60 to 150 days.
According to the senator, the international labor standard included in the Maternity Protection Convention, 2000 recommends 14 weeks or 98 days of maternity leave, which is far different from what Philippine law allows.
However, the International Labor Organization said that the Philippines hasn’t ratified the convention.Among the benefits of an extended maternity leave that were cited by Panglinan include the reduction of infant mortality rate by 10%, an increase in the duration of breastfeeding, and the assurance that newborn babies would be well cared for.
He also added that “mothers would be able to rest and recover fully from childbirth.”Furthermore, Pangilinan said that an employee availing of the leave must receive not less than two-thirds of her monthly salary.
The bill also adds a provision that will safeguard the employment of these mothers while on maternity leave.
Pangilinan wants to make sure that these women will be allowed to return to the job.
Previously, the Senate approved a similar bill sponsored by chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality Pia Cayetano.
source: kami news
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