Special leave for women in gov't who undergo surgery OK'd

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2010 01:58 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2010 10:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Women working for the Philippine government who are scheduled to undergo surgery for gynecological disorders can now file for special leave.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) promulgated on November 22 this year Resolution No. 1000432 which lays down the guidelines for availing the special leave benefit provided for under Republic Act 9710 (Section 18), known as the Magna Carta for Women (MCW).

Eligible for the special leave benefit are women employed in the public sector, regardless of age and civil status, with at least 6 months' aggregate service rendered in the 12 months prior to the surgery.

The leave may be for a maximum period of 2 months per year with full pay, based on the employee's gross monthly compensation (monthly basic pay including mandatory allowances).

"It may be used for the period covering the surgery until recuperation. Absence incurred from the pre-surgery period, as well as those in excess of the two months allowed under the special leave benefit, may be charged against the employee's earned leave credits," said the CSC in a statement.

Women may apply for the special leave benefit if they undergo any of the procedures in the List of Surgical Operations for Gynecological Disorders prepared by a Technical Working Committee composed of obstetrician-gynecologists, surgeons and medical doctors.

The benefit is non-cumulative and not convertible to cash.

Since the guidelines are to be implemented retroactively, CSC said the leave benefit may availed of by women who have undergone surgery due to gynecological disorders from September 15, 2009 onward. MCW took effect on that day.

"Those who used their sick or vacation leave credits for surgery and recuperation that occurred between September 15, 2009 and November 21, 2010, the day prior to issuance of the CSC guidelines, can have their leave credits restored," said the CSC.