• Top of the Morning: Bill Seeks to Extend Maternity Leave in the Philippines

    Recognizes the critical role of mothers in raising children, plus, which Filipina actress got engaged this weekend?
  • 1. Bill that will extend maternity leave proposed

    woman with baby

    Photo from birthcompanions.org.uk

    A bill has been proposed in the Philippine Senate seeking to double the maternity leave benefit from 60 days, or two months, to 120 days, or four months, with full pay. Senate Bill 2656 was proposed by Senator Antonio Trillanes, citing the vital role of women in raising children and hence, nation building. He also said that an extended maternity leave would allow mothers to breastfeed longer. (gmanetwork.com)


    2. Sunscreen even at night?
    A new study reveals that current sun-exposure guidelines may not be enough to shield against skin cancer. Researchers found that activating melanin, produced in response to ultraviolet rays to protect sensitive skin from being damaged, has lasting negative effects on the body’s chemistry for up to three hours after sun exposure. This means that the risk of skin cancer from agents generated by UV damage continues even in the dark. (time.com)


    3. Diana Zubiri is engaged

    The actress got engaged over the weekend to her model-boyfriend Andy Smith. Diana shared a photo of her engagement ring on her Instagram account last Saturday, February 21, which she captioned, “This I Promise You,” the title of a song by the ‘90s boy band N’Sync. Andy, on the other hand, posted a video of the proposal, which happened in Japan with the Tokyo Sky Tree as their background. Congratulations! (pep.ph)


    4. Virginia passes bill to protect breastfeeding women
    Virginia is set to become the 48th U.S. state that legally protects breastfeeding women’s rights to nurse in public, wherever and whenever they choose. Women can already breastfeed in spaces owned by the state, but the new law includes areas that are privately owned, such as clothing stores, coffee shops, or in the gym. The law protects breastfeeding women from harassment and discrimination. (huffingtonpost.com)


    5. SMART unveils world's first pay-with-load service for the App Store and iTunes
    "Pay-With-Mobile" gives subscribers the convenience of paying for apps, games, books, magazines, music and movies on their Apple devices using only their prepaid load or charged on top of their monthly postpaid bill. It eliminates the need for a credit card to get paid content and make in-app purchases through the App Store and iTunes. For more information, www.smart.com.ph/paywithmobile.

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