Press Release
April 30, 2019

Nancy says Maternity Leave IRR best gift for mothers on Labor Day

Senator Nancy Binay welcomed the issuance of the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the Expanded Maternity Leave Act.

"Maraming pamilya po ang naghihintay sa IRR na ito and we thank all concerned agencies and stakeholders for working tirelessly to make this happen," Binay said.

"Isang napakagandang regalo po nito sa mga working mothers ngayong labor day," she added.

Binay also reiterated her call that companies and other institutions should not perceive the law as a bane to productivity that would lead to more discrimination in the workplace.

"Bilang mga magulang at bilang isang bansa na may malasakit sa kapwa, wag nating isantabi ang kontribusyon ng kababaihan. Let us start creating a work environment where women are not discriminated for wanting to be parents," the re-electionist senator said.

Binay is one of the authors of the Expanded Maternity Leave measure in Senate that was signed into law by the president on February 20.

The law provides 105 days of paid maternity leave to all working mothers and an additional 15 days to solo mothers. Mothers will also have the option to extend for an additional 30 days of unpaid leave.

The maternity benefits will apply to every instance of pregnancy, miscarriage, or emergency termination of pregnancy regardless of frequency.

In addition to this, Binay said fathers will also be given more time to spend with their love ones as the law also includes a provision allowing the allocation of seven maternity leave days to fathers, raising the paternity leave to 14 days from the current seven days.

Prior to the enactment of the law, women are allowed only 60 days of paid maternity leave.

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