Four-month maternity leave proposed by Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Dato Arroyo in House Bill 6128

InterAksyon.com reports that Representatives Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) and Diosdado Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) have filed House Bill 6128, which seeks to extend the maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days.

 

InterAksyon.com reports that Representatives Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) and Diosdado "Dato" Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) have filed House Bill 6128, which seeks to extend the maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days (two months to four months).

 

The bill’s explanatory statement points out that the longer maternity leave would "give mothers more time to breastfeed their children." The bills cites the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) studies, which note that "it would be ideal if mothers could breastfeed their babies for at least six months after birth."

 

The report further quoted the Arroyos, who revealed in their explanatory statement: "The UNICEF’s data on under-five mortality rates around the world ranks the Philippines 88th among 190 countries." As such, they are pushing the bill to improve the survival rate of children under five years old.

 

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