Labor groups welcome approval of extended maternity leave
from February 22, 2019 01:00 am to February 22, 2019 01:00 am
Various labor groups have lauded the signing of the expanded maternal leave into law on Thursday.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said that the measure will ensure greater protection for working mothers.
“In behalf of the Filipino workers particularly the women working force who have been looking forward for this trail-blazing breakthrough, we thank President Duterte for doing the right thing in improving protection for working women,” said TUCP President Raymond Mendoza.
Mendoza said that the measure is a “win-win” situation for working mothers, their babies, as well as the business sector.
“With the faithful enforcement of the law, the TUCP expects the next generation of Filipino workers to be healthier and more productive with the measure ensuring more protection for their working mothers who nurture them,” said Mendoza.
“We also envisage that these babies who will become the next generation of workers will, at the same time, being healthier translate into higher profits for employers and businesses,” he added.
The TUCP said that the signed 105 days of maternity leave is a “landmark advocacy victory for women advocates in the country.”
The group said that the measure is equal to the 105 days of maternity leave of Laos and is better than the 90 days of Indonesia.
“It demonstrates to the entire world the country’s commitment and the government’s political will to provide the policy environment that will save our babies from risky pregnancy, address early infancy problems, and protect the lives, health, and jobs of our child-bearing working women,” said Associated Labor Unions (ALU) Vice President Eva Arcos.
Although the measure is considered a victory for women workers, the Workers for Expanded Maternity Leave (Workers 4EML) group said they would not let their guards down as they will monitor the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the said law.
“For sure, opponents of trade union and women’s right will try their best to muddle the spirit of the law. We will continue our vigilance and preserve this victory to the end,” the group said.