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A lawmaker is seeking to increase the number of days of paternity leave so husbands can help wives in taking care of their newborn.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan filed a bill extending paid paternity leave to 30 from the mandated seven days, saying 79 countries have already enacted increased paternity leave into laws.
The bill seeks to give the extended leave benefit to all married male employees after deliveries of their legitimate spouse, amending the Republic Act 8187 or Paternity Leave Act of 1996, which gives fathers this benefit for the first four deliveries only.
“Mas mabibigyang panahon ang tatay na mas makatulong sa pag-alaga ng bagong silang at sa pag-recover agad [ni] misis mula sa panganganak,” Pangilinan said in a statement.
Pangilinan said the extended paternity leave is beneficial to women’s careers due to the shared child care responsibilities between the father and mother.
The senator filed the amendment after Congress opened last week. However, he is not the first lawmaker to appeal for revisions in the RA 8187.
Since 2010, amendments to the Paternity Leave Act have been passed to the Committee on Labor and Employment.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman was among the lawmakers who sought for revision under the House Bill 5544. Lani Mercado-Revilla and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also sought amendments to the Paternity Leave Act.