How about the fathers?

February 22, 2019

HOW about 15 days paid paternity leave?

This proposal is being eyed following the approval of the expanded maternity law which extends to 105 days the paid maternity leave benefit for working mothers.

Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel has filed House Bill 3401 or the measure that lengthens the paternity leave from seven to 15 days with pay.

“We have to be more supportive of both mother and father during childbirth, so it is just a matter of time before Congress also raises the paternity leave benefit,” Pimentel said.

“We want to allow husbands to physically and emotionally support their wives during childbirth, and to experience early child-father bonding for a longer time,” Pimentel, a father of five, added.

The solon underscored the need to give fathers at least half a month off work, with full pay, for them to be able to lend ample support to their wives in nursing their newborns, and to help mothers recuperate from childbirth.

Pimentel cited studies showing that husbands who took longer paternity leaves “were more involved with their children and child care activities,” thus reinforcing the long-term bond between father and child.

“There’s no question a lengthier paternity leave will go a long way in improving the Filipino family’s overall work-life balance,” Pimentel said.

In other countries, Pimentel said fathers get up to 90 days of paternity leave with 80 percent of their regular pay.

The 23-year-old law, authored by the late Sen. Ernesto Herrera, grants a statutory minimum paternity leave of seven days with full pay to all married male employees in the private and public sectors.

Under the law, the benefit also applies to a miscarriage, or the loss of pregnancy by the wife.

The paternity leave benefit covers every husband who performs services for, and receives compensation from another, as long as an employer-employee relationship exists between them.

The married male employee has to apply for the leave benefit with his employer, except in cases of a miscarriage.

In batting for the swift passage of his bill, Pimentel invoked the mandate of the 1987 Constitution “for the State to promote the welfare of labor, solidify the family and provide improved quality of life for all.”