Len Alonte reminds new parents: Pwede ‘pasa leave’ kay tatay!
Laguna Rep. Len Alonte reminded fathers that they can avail themselves of up to 14 days of paternity leave with pay because of the new Expanded Maternity Leave Law.
Alonte, the vice chairperson of the House committee on women and gender equality, said working mothers can allocate up to seven days of their available maternity leave to the father of the child they gave birth to.
“In the Expanded Maternity Leave Law paternity leave, it does not matter if the father and mother are married or not. Basta siya ang tatay ng anak na isinilang, maaaring ipasa sa tatay ang hanggang pitong araw ng kanyang maternity leave,” she said.
The Paternity Leave Law of 1996 only gave seven days of paternity leave to new fathers, which they can only avail of if they are married to the child’s mother.
Alonte said it is important for new fathers to have a longer paternity leave because caring for a newborns should be a shared responsibility of both parents.
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