Congress started deliberations on the disagreeing provisions of the proposed expansion
of maternity leave benefits.
Bicameral conference committee agrees on 105 days of maternity leave, with an
additional 30 days of unpaid leave. Solo parents are entitled to an additional 15
days of leave.
It is a recognition of the role played by mothers in society, their work time, and
providing enough time to care for their children.
The 105 days of maternity leave is a big step in giving particular attention to
As parents and as a country that cares for its citizens, do not take for granted
the contribution of women. Let us start creating a work environment where women
are not discriminated for wanting to be parents.(Sen.Binay)
Senator Nancy Binay expressed hope that the expanded maternity leave bill would be
signed into law this October as an early Christmas gift to working mothers.
According to Binay, mothers working in the public and private sectors can avail of 105
days of paid maternity leave under the proposed law. The cap of four (4) pregnancies is
also removed by the measure, as all pregnancies will be covered.
Binay said that companies and other institutions should not perceive the proposed
law as a bane to productivity that would lead to more discrimination in the workplace.
In the Philippines, women have reached a high level of labor force participation but
working mothers silently receive motherhood penalties and passed over for promotions
and other career advancement because of motherhood duties.
“It pains me to see a mother cutting short the time to bond with her child and go
back to work, especially during the crucial period of the infant’s development. The
State has a responsibility to provide a positive complement for women in the labor
sector, and be mindful of their indispensable roles in society,” Binay said.
Under existing laws, 60 days of maternity leave is granted for normal deliveries, while
90 days is given for caesarean births.
The 60-day provision does not necessarily allow sufficient time for a mother to truly
bond and nurture her child after giving birth.
The bicameral version of the of the expanded maternity leave grants single mothers
another 15 days of leave, while those who have miscarried will be granted 60 days leave.
An option for additional 30 days of unpaid leave is also provided under the bill.
Binay added that the passage of the law would guarantee the country’s adherence to
the International Labor Organization (ILO) standard of 98 days of maternity leaves.
“Some countries in Europe have recognized that mother and child bonding deserve a
longer time, and allowed a year with pay for them. We will be at par with International
Labor Organization’s (ILO) standard of 98 days or the ASEAN coverage of 93 days,”
Binay said that with the proposed law, the mother and child can have a longer rate of
mother and child bonding, which have long-term effects on the child’s development
and health.(Senator Binay)