THE passage of the Expanded Maternity Leave Law only proves that in the Philippines, women are given utmost importance.
This is according to two lawmakers, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano and Sen. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, as they expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the maternity leave measure into law.
House Deputy Speaker Cayetano, the principal author, said this law provides 105 days of paid maternity leave to Filipino working mothers, thus giving working mothers more time to recover and to take care of their newborn after giving birth.
“This measure is an acknowledgement of the dual role of women in society: as members of the work force and as mothers,” she stressed.
Cayetano, Taguig Representative, also thanked President Duterte for agreeing with her position on the urgency of enacting the measure for women workers, and for eventually backing the proposal.
Cayetano also acknowledged her colleagues in Congress, particularly House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chairperson Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, and the previous Chair, former Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, for paving the way towards the successful passage of the measure.
“As a working mother, I have experienced the 60-day maternity leave under the previous law. I know that the additional days will be a great help to hardworking Filipino mothers and their newborns,” Cayetano shared.
For his part, Angara said the Philippines has proven once again that it is one of the best countries for women, particularly mothers.
“We are proud to be one with many countries around the world in recognizing the importance of mothers and in upholding the rights of every woman,” Angara said.
Angara said the new law, which increases the maternity leave period to 105 days from 60 to all female workers in the government service and the private sector, was in recognition of the important role of women, especially mothers, in nation-building.
The senator also hailed the enactment of the expanded maternity leave measure as a “historical win for women, particularly mothers—and hence of the country as a whole.”
Angara strongly believes that paid maternity leave could be a critical factor in women’s empowerment by enabling mothers to support themselves while raising their children.
He said the expanded maternity leave law empowers not just mothers, but also their children.
“For with a longer maternity leave period, we give our mothers adequate time and opportunity to ensure the proper nutrition, nourishment and nurturing of their children—especially when they themselves are going through the process of recuperation,” he added.