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Maternity leave for unwed mothers

11 July 2011 12 Comments

by Maricel Cruz

PARTY-LIST lawmakers have filed a House bill seeking to grant maternity leave to unmarried women in the government service, saying current laws are depriving them of the benefits due them just because they are single or are not married to their partners.

House Bill 4684, introduced by Reps. Emmi De Jesus (Gabriela), Luzviminda Ilagan (Gabriela), Teddy Casiño (Bayan Muna), Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna), Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis), Carol Jayne Lopez (Yacap,) Raymond Palatino (Kabataan) and Antonio Tinio (Act Teachers), seeks to grant universal maternity leave benefits to those women.

To qualify, a single mother or one living with a man but is not married to him must have paid at least three monthly GSIS contributions in the 12-month period preceding the semester of her childbirth, abortion or miscarriage. She also must have notified her employer of her pregnancy and probable date of childbirth.

De Jesus, the principal author of the bill, says the 1987 Constitution recognizes the State’s obligation to “protect working women by providing safe and healthful working conditions.” she says “women’s role in nation-building has yet to be fully recognized, appreciated and valued.”

“There is a need to correct the present legislation concerning the maternity-leave benefits of unmarried government employees for being discriminatory and for violating the equal-protection principle under Philippine laws,” said De Jesus, vice chairman of the House committee on population and family relations.

Another author of the bill, Casino said women in government would get priority to prompt the state on its own to set a policy on this issue.

Ilagan, vice chairman of the House committee on women and gender equality, says current laws deprive “both the woman and her unborn child of the protection they are entitled to.”

Mariano, vice chairman of the House committee on agriculture and food, says women in the government service are being discriminated against because “in the private sector, unmarried pregnant women enjoy maternity-leave benefits.”

He says the Social Security System Act gives pregnant women in the private sector a maternity leave of 60 days for normal delivery or 78 days in case of Caesarian delivery.

(Source: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNation.htm?f=2011/june/29/nation4.isx&d=2011/june/29)

  • Women government employees who give birth, whether married or not, are entitled to maternity leave benefits.
    This was declared by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in a three- page resolution amending the maternity leave rules in the civil service.
    CSC Resolution No. 021420 provides that “every woman in the government service who has rendered an aggregate of two or more years of service shall, in addition to the vacation and sick leave granted to her, be entitled to maternity leave of 50 calendar days with full pay.”
    The landmark resolution signed by CSC chair Karina Constantino-David and commissioners

  • I am glad I visited here and come to know about it.. I have gathered a huge knowledge being here.. I am glad I visited here and come to know about it..

  • what if an unmarried public school teacher gets pregnant? what would happen to her…..

    • Elle Gutlay

      It is under the Civil Service Commission, RA 8972entitling all government employees (including teachers) to avail the same benefits just like other married women.

      • act_teachers

        Dear Ms. Elle,

        Teachers or any government employees are entitled to maternity leave whether married or unmarried. Please provide me.your email address for me to give you the copy on Rules on Leave.

        Thank you.

        Ms. JR Rodriguez

        • Jomae Rebucas Momprio

          Can i have copy sir for that?

      • Via Santos

        can she be filed with immorality if the pregnant teacher is not married and has no plan on getting married?

  • Concerned Teacher

    Can you give me Ma’am/sir a copy of deped memi or rules regarding a public school teacher being pregnant before marriage? It will be a great help for us.

    • admin

      Dear Sir/Madame,

      Ano pong partikular na memo? Tungkol ho ba sa maternity benefits kapag hindi kasal?

      Salamat po.

      Ms. JR Rodriguez

  • Via Santos

    Hindi po ba pde makasuhan ng immorality ang teacher na nabuntis ng walang asawa?

    • Ian Ramos

      Gaano po katotoo ito ma’am Via Santos

  • Via Santos

    Pwede po ba makasuhan ng immorality kung ang isang public school teacher ay nabuntis ng hindi kasal at walang planong magkasal?