Females especially those who are currently pregnant are now clamoring for the passage of the Bill seeking to expand the 60 days maternity leave into 100 days. If this bill becomes law, this will bring huge benefits and blessings to mother and child, and the Philippine society in general.
Unfortunately, as of April 2016 this bill has not been made into law yet. Saan ang aberya?
Per checking with the official website of the Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill 2982 is still pending in the House of Representatives since January 20,2016.
See this snapshot of the Bill’s status from gov.ph the Philippine Government official website.
So what does this mean?
Filipinos still has to wait for the Lower House version of this bill to be passed, then for the Bicameral Conference Committee to convene and resolve the differences between the version of the Senate and Congress.
Once done, we will again wait for this bill to be forwarded to President Aquino, and for PNoy to sign this bill into law, an RA number will be assigned. And finally to wait for the implementing rules and effectivity date.
*RA means Republic Act.
But by the looks of it, the Expanded Maternity Leave bill will not be signed under President Aquino since it is already April now, and our lawmakers are very busy with the 2016 presidential election.
We just hope that whoever sits in the 17th Congress will make the maternity leave expansion bill as High Priority.
SENATE BILL 2982 SPONSORS
Senate sponsors of the Expanded Maternity Leave Law are Senator Pia Cayetano together with Senators Cynthia Villar, Ma Lourdes Binay, Loren Legarda, Ramon Revilla Jr, and Antonio Trillanes.
House of Senate has passed the Expanded Maternity bill. Now, we await for the House of Congress to deliberate and pass this bill.
MATERNITY LEAVE EXPANSION
The International Labor Organization or ILO sets the minimum number of maternity leave at 98 days, but currently the Philippines only allows 60 days for public female employees, and 60 to 78 days for private female employees.
In comparison the island state nation of Singapore grants 112 days maternity leave, Vietnam at minimum of 120 days, Indonesia and Cambodia at 84 days.
The main focus of the bill is to extend the number of days of maternity leave from 60 to 100 days. Senate Bill 2982 also includes an option for mothers to avail of the additional 30 days leave without pay, provided that the mother will give 45 days advance notice in writing to the employer or agency concern.
How long are we going to wait for the RA Expanded Maternity Law? When will this be effective?
It depends on our lawmakers on how long it will take them to submit the Lower House version.
Will this be passed before President Aquino steps down this July? A lot of people hope so. But if Congress will not convene to tackle this bill before their current term expires, then waiting time is extended too.
Make noise, urge your congressmen to make the Expanded Maternity Leave bill a high priority. Congress must act fast! We want the Expanded Maternity Leave bill to become law!
UPDATE October 2016 HOUSE HAS APPROVED the 100 days maternity leave for government and private sector employees, this is under House Bill No. 4113. It will be soon when this bill become law.
iSensey will post another update once this bill will become a bonafide Republic Act under the Duterte Administration.
UPDATE March 2017 SENATE HAS APPROVED 120-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Bill pushed for by senators including Senator Risa Hontiveros.
So is this effective now March 2017? Nope, not yet. We will all wait for the senate and house committee to meet to consolidate the two bills (the one from Congress and the one from Senate). Once done the consolidated bill will be forwarded to President Duterte for approval and signing, this bill will then become a REPUBLIC ACT or Law. And then another waiting time for the publishing of the Implementing Rules and Regulation on this Expanded Maternity Bill (IRR). Once the IRR is complete, the Republic Act on Expanded Maternity Law will be effective and will be implemented.
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