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Dads Also Benefit from the Recently-Signed Maternity Leave Law

It’s a win for both parents.
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It’s a good day for Filipino parents.

President Rodrigo Duterte just signed a law that will provide 105 days of paid maternity leave for employed women in the government and private sectors, seven days of which can be “donated” to fathers of the expectant mom’s child.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the news to the press on Thursday, February 21, a report by ABS-CBN News Online said. However, the Palace has not released a copy of the historic law.

According to the reconciled version of Senate Bill 1305 and House Bill 4113, single mothers are also granted an additional 15 days of paid leave. These provisions are far more generous than what was granted to expectant parents under previous laws: 60 days for working mothers and seven days for fathers.

The update on the Maternity Leave Law finally makes the Philippines compliant with the International Labor Organization’s Convention 183, which mandates a minimum of 98 days of paid maternity leave. The country’s maternity leave benefits are now more generous than the ones provided by other neighboring countries such as South Korea and Thailand, which only require 90 days of paid leave, and China that only gives 98 days.

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Similarly, the option to grant an additional seven days of paid paternity leave to fathers also make the Philippines’ benefits for expectant fathers way ahead of other, richer countries like the USA and Switzerland, both of which have no laws mandating companies to grant paid leaves to new dads.

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