The only remaining step before the Expanded Maternity Leave bill becomes law is President Rodrigo Duterte's signature.
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105-days Expanded Maternity Leave bill sent to Palace, awaits Duterte's signature
( - January 24, 2019 - 6:34pm

MANILA, Philippines —The Expanded Maternity Leave bill has been transmitted to the office of President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature.

The Senate website showed that the proposed measure was referred to the Office of the President on Monday, January 21.

The Senate and the House of Representatives ratified the 105-day Expanded Maternity Leave bill in October last year.

During the bicameral committee, lawmakers added five more days to the original 100-day maternity bill. This is 45 days more than the previous 60 days.

The bill also allows solo mothers to avail of an additional 15 days, allowing them a total of 120 days leave.

It also doubles the allowed paternity leave to 14 days, from the current seven days.

If the president does not act on the transmitted draft of the proposed measure within 30 days from receipt, it would lapse into law.

In October last year, Sen. Risa Hontiveros hailed the bill's ratification as "revolutionary" and "a historic victory for women."

Hontiveros, who is also the vice chair of the Senate Committee on Health, said the last time that the number of paid maternity leave days was increased in the country was 26 years ago in 1992. — Kristine Joy Patag

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: January 24, 2019 - 6:13pm

The Expanded Maternity Leave bill that provides 105 days of paid maternity leave to working mothers is just awaiting President Rodrigo Duterte's signature as Congress sent a copy of the measure to Malacañang.

The measure was sent to the Office of the President on Monday, January 21.

Congress has ratified the bill on October 3 last year.


January 24, 2019 - 6:13pm

The measure provides 105 days of paid maternity leave to all working mothers and an additional 15 days to solo mothers.

It also has a "daddy quota" provision which increases the paternity leave of working fathers to 14 days from the current 7 days.

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