Many working parents know that as much as they want to attend every single one of their kids' school activities, it is sometimes not possible because of the volume of work, and with a limited number of allowable leaves. Well, here's good news for parents in the Philippines.
House Bill 4691, filed by Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia, seeks to give additional leaves to working parents — with pay.
The said bill will allow government or private-sector-employed parents and/or guardians to have an additional three days leave within a year in order to attend their child’s school programs.
To enjoy the benefit, it is proposed that the parent should have been working in the company for at least one (1) year. He/She must also inform the employer of the school affair at least one (1) day in advance.
“The grant of leave with pay will give them the opportunity to attend school programs [and] meetings for their children or ward where their presence is indispensable and necessary for the educational and moral development of their children,” explained Leonardia.
Leonardia also cited the Child and Youth Welfare Code and how it states that all efforts must be exhausted to promote the child’s welfare and to improve 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,” said Leonardia.
Any person, corporation, trust, firm, partnership, association or entity which violates the rules and regulations of the said bill will be made to pay a fine of up to P25,000.