Expanded maternity leave bill transmitted to Palace for Duterte signing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2019 03:52 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2019 06:41 PM

MANILA - The legislative branch has transmitted the 100-day maternity leave bill to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign it into law, one of the proponents of the measure said Thursday.

The Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) law was signed by both chambers of Congress in October 2018.

"The enrolled bill of the EML law has been transmitted to the President for his signature," former DIWA Party-list lawmaker and now Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said in a post on her Facebook page.

Under the proposed law, all working mothers are guaranteed with 105 days of paid maternity leave credits, with 7 days transferable to fathers. An additional 15 days will be granted to single mothers.

Under the current law, employed women are entitled to 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery and 78 days for ceasarian delivery. 

Senator Risa Hontiveros said unless signed earlier, the bill lapses into 
law by February 14. 

"A bill may become a law, even without the President's signature, if the President does not sign a bill within 30 days from receipt in his office," according to an explanation on Senate's legislative process.