SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Good news for working moms who are most of the time "no-shows" during their children's school activities because of work constraints.
A lawmaker is pushing for the grant of leave to allow employed parents to attend to these special needs of their children.
Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia (Lone District, Bacolod City) filed House Bill 4691, which seeks to provide for a non-cumulative leave with pay for a total of three days a year for parents and guardians employed either with the government or private sector.
"The grant of leave with pay will give them the opportunity to attend to the school programs, meetings and for their children or ward where their presence is indispensable and necessary for the educational and moral development of their children," Leonardia said.
Leonardia said the common problem of parents giving priority to their jobs because of the "no-work-no-pay" policy presents an obstacle to the duty of the parents to provide moral support and guidance for their children.
The Bacolod City solon said as provided under the Child and Youth Welfare Code, every effort should be exerted to promote the child's welfare and enhance his opportunities for a useful and happy life.
"As one of the most important assets of the nation, the promotion and enhancement of the child's life and welfare is also anchored on the moral supervision and support given by his parents or guardians," Leonardia said.
For the employee who is guardian or parent of a child or ward to avail of the non-cumulative three-day leave with pay to attend the special school events, the bill requires him /her to have rendered at least one year continuous service with his/her employer or with government service.
The measure requires the employee availing of the parental leave to give due notice to his/her employer at least one day before the intended date of leave and must attach thereto the notice of the school meeting, program or activity which he/she shall attend.
A fine not exceeding P25,000 shall be imposed to any person, corporation, trust, firm, partnership, association or entity found violating this Act or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.