A bill to increase the maternity leave period to 100 days with pay has been approved by the House Representatives Committee on Women and Gender Equality and now ready for plenary approval.
"The bill reached second reading in the House and a version from the Senate was passed and transmitted for concurrence during the 16th Congress," House committee chairperson Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said in a report from Philstar.The proposed “100-day Maternity Leave Law” or House Bill 4113 seeks to have an unpaid 30-days extension for female workers both in the government and private sectors
It seeks to protect the maternal health and postnatal health care of women as well as the welfare of the child. The said bill covers all female employees in government and private sector.
The current allowable maternity leave is 60 to 78 days for female workers on both government and private sector
"Another provision states that a female SSS member who has paid at least three monthly contributions in the 12-month period immediately preceding the semester of her childbirth or miscarriage shall be paid her daily maternity benefit which shall be computed based on the average monthly salary credit, for 100 days, regardless if the delivery was normal or caesarian and subject to conditions as provided in the bill," a press statement said.