Belmonte: New maternity leave law shows Duterte's 'real colors as a pro-woman leader'

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte congratulated President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the 105-day Expanded Maternity Law (EML) contrary to misconception of his supposed low-regard for women.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte / Photo from Philippine Star

We congratulate President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the EML which provides a 105-day maternity leave for all women who have just given birth,’’ Belmonte said.

By signing the EML, the mother “will have more time to nurse her newborn child when the baby is at its most vulnerable” and this will also allow them to fully “mend her body from the rigors of giving birth”.



Throughout her three terms as a vice mayor, Belmonte has also campaigned for more benefits for women and solo parents.

The mother will be able to return to the workplace, healed and assured that her child is healthy. The mother’s happiness will mean she will be a better worker who will be more productive,” Belmonte said.

She also praised Duterte for exceeding international standards on the labor practice, saying, “The EML far exceeds the recommendation of the International Labor Organization for a 98-day maternity leave. As a mother myself, I can tell all employers that this is really and truly a much-needed law. Nothing is as physically and psychologically harrowing an experience as giving birth. Nothing is as fear-inducing as the helpless cry of a newborn baby.”

As Mayor of Davao City, President Duterte long-ago approved a city resolution extending the maternity leave. True to form, now as our President, he has shown his real colors as a pro-woman leader,” added Belmonte.

She said the EML will “go a very long way in affirming the Philippines as a decent and caring society and not one just concentrated on profits.”

Under the previous law, a working mother was entitled to 60 days paid maternity leave.

In case the childbirth was through Cesarean section, the old law stated the mother is entitled to a total of 78 days.

Under the new EML, the working mother is entitled to a total of 105 days of paid leave.

If the mother is a solo parent, she is entitled to an additional 15 days or a total 120 days of paid leave.

With the EML, Belmonte said the “mother is also further given the right to ask and receive an extension of 30 days of unpaid leave’’.


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