105-Day Paid Maternity Leave Effectivity

The 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law’s Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) was signed on May 01, 2019.

All mothers who gave birth starting March 11, 2019 onwards will now be able to avail the 105-day maternity benefit. The social security agency that provides benefits for employees in the private sector is now committed to pay the full 105-day benefit for every instance of pregnancy regardless of frequency, as the 105-day Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Law mandates.

It is not clear why does the implementation only covers women who gave birth on March 11, 2019, and not after signing the law. Senator Risa Hontiveros, one of the principal authors of this bill also mentioned the effectivity date of EML on her twitter account.

How about in the Department of Education? How about teachers who gave birth on March 11 onwards? Sadly, we will still wait for the advisory. There is no guidelines release yet for the 105-day Expanded Maternity Law (EML) in our Department and they said that they will still use the 60-day Maternity Leave benefit for teachers.

Many Filipino women especially us teachers are relieved that the Expanded Maternity Leave Law is now in effect, but what happened in our department? The Department of Education should have an immediate action on this matter and should follow the March 11 effectivity.

According to the RA No. 11210, the 105-day expanded maternity leave was signed on February 20, 2019 and was published on February 21, 2019. The countries Legislation procedure states that a new law takes effect 15 days after its publication.

It was reported that the 105-day EML Law’s Implementation Rules and Regulations (IRR) was signed on May 1, 2019. The ceremonial signing was led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary, with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson and SSS President in San Fernando Pampanga.

The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) will now pave the way for the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Law’s full implementation and we hope that the Department of Education will have their immediate action on this Law so they can release their Advisory and Guidelines ASAP.

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