Senator Francis Pangilinan recently filed a bill seeking for an extended paternity leave. This is to give fathers a chance to take care of their new born and help in the fast recovery of the mother.
The extended paternity leave aims to increase the current paid paternity leave from seven days to thirty days.
“Mas mabibigyang panahon ang tatay na mas makatulong sa pag-alaga ng bagong silang at sa pag-recover agad si misis mula sa panganganak,” Pangilinan said in a press statement.
The extended paternity leave or Senate Bill 963 was filed on August 1. This will cover all married male employees in both the public and private sectors, as well as for all deliveries of their legitimate spouse, removing the previous cap that gives fathers this benefit only for the first four deliveries.
The proposed measure seeks to amend or supersede the current Republic Act 8187 or the Paternity Leave Act of 1996.
Based on reports, Senator Pangilinan said on the explanatory note of the bill that 79 countries worldwide have enacted laws on paternity leave and 70 of the said countries require a paid leave.
Pangilinan also said that, with extended paternity leave, fathers are more likely to take an active role in child care tasks. As he has been also a hands-on father of four and actively involved in their lives.
Further, the Senator said, the early interaction between father and child has longer-term positive impact on the child’s learning abilities; and paternity leave is beneficial to women’s careers as child care responsibilities are shared between the father and the mother.