Every single day, government officials are trying their best to develop something that can ease the lives of the citizens of the country that they serve. This is why new programs are continuously made into laws for the welfare of the majority.

In the Philippines, a new law is passed which allows all expecting mothers to have an extended maternity leave. Republic Act No. 11210 or better known as the “105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law” as its name suggest gives the female working force an additional 45 days of paid leave as compared to the previous 60-day allowable Maternity Leave.

This law was passed to help mothers recover from the health-related challenges of their pregnancy and to provide the babies with more time with their parents as well as to provide support, breastfeeding goals and deepen parental bonds.

Qualified female workers will be granted maternity leave benefits equivalent to 105 days for live childbirth regardless of the mode of delivery. An additional 15 days of paid leave is also granted if the female worker qualifies as a solo parent under the “Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000”, this allows her to have a total of 120 days maternity leave.

Enjoyment of the maternity leave cannot be deferred but should be availed of either before or after the actual period of delivery, in a continuous and uninterrupted manner.

This new law further grants qualified female workers to the said leave in every instance of pregnancy, miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy regardless of frequency. The female worker is entitled to only one maternity benefit regardless of the number of offspring per childbirth/delivery.

This is a welcome development and a motivation for the female working force to even work harder not just for the company they are employed in but also as their share of making the nation a better one for the future generations.