REPUBLIC ACT No. 11210
“An Act Increasing the Maternity Leave Period to One Hundred Five (105) Days for Female Workers With an Option to Extend for an Additional Thirty (30) Days Without Pay, and Granting an Additional Fifteen (15) Days for Solo Mothers, and for Other Purposes“
A total of 122,571 employed women including normal delivery and caesarian section benefitted from the newly expanded maternity leave law according to SSS CEO and President Aurora Ignacio. This record was based on the first quarter of 2019.
From January up to April 2019, SSS disbursed P2.67 billion in maternity benefits. Compared to P2.32 billion for the previous year within the same period, this year is 15.09% higher.
SSS would like to help a lot of Filipino mothers. In the year 2020, SSS aimed to give 72K maternity benefit compared to 32K that is currently being issued as of this moment.
In addition, longer maternity leave was also aimed to help Filipino mothers. This will be conducted to lessen the rate of infant mortality and give mothers enough time to recover from postpartum depression.
Previously mothers are entitled to have a 60 days maternity leave if they undergo normal delivery but if they undergo a caesarian section they are entitled to a 78 days maternity leave.
As of this moment, mothers are entitled to have 105 days of maternity leave. Mothers also have the authority to share 7 days of their leave to the father of the child regardless if they are married or not. In addition, a single mother will be able to extend their leaves, however, that will be considered as unpaid leave.