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  • Top of the Morning: Longer Maternity Leave for Filipinas?

    Senate proposes that the current 60- to 78-day paid maternity leave period be extended to 90 days
  • 1. Longer maternity leave proposed in the senate

    Sen. Pia Cayetano

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    Senator Pia Cayetano, the chairman of the Senate committee on women, family, relations, and gender equality, is more inclined to extend the current 60 or 78-day paid maternity to 14 weeks or three and a half months—longer than the proposed extension to 90 days. She stressed the important of giving mothers longer maternity leave: “We give extended maternity leave to the mother so they can focus on being a mother for the first few months and get their pay. Then, they will be able to return to the workforce confident that their children are healthy and in good hands." (anc.yahoo.com)

    2. Mark Anthony’s baby celebrates first birthday

    Actor Mark Fernandez son Rudolph Venedictus celebrated his first birthday, and was also welcomed to the Christian world at the Jesus Divine Healer Parish in Tahanan Village, Sucat, Parañaque City. Rudolf is Mark and wife Melissa’s second son; they are already parents to their firstborn, Grae, 12 years old. Happy birthday and welcome to the Christian world, Rudolph! (pep.ph)


    3. Egyptian woman who lived as a man honored with motherhood award

    Sisa Abu Daooh

    Photo Source: time.com

    Sisa Abu Daooh dressed and lived as a man for 42 years so that she could find work and support her daughter. She was recently awarded Egypt’s highest award for motherhood. In the early 70s, when her husband’s death left her and her daughter in despair, it was extremely difficult for women to find paid work. For seven years, Sisa worked as manual laborer, and now works as a shoe-shiner. (time.com)

    4. Legalizing divorce in the Philippines?
    According to a recent Social Weather Station Survey (SWS), 60% of Filipinos want divorce legalized in the country. While no formal bill yet has been filed in the country’s legislative department, Senator Pia Cayetano said she could include it in proposed amendments to the Family Code. She said on the unavailabity of divorce in the country: “We consider that a discriminatory practice because many women are forced to stay in a marriage that is harmful to them, either physically or emotionally.” (anc.yahoo.com)

    5. 60-year-old dad and 18-year-old son graduate at the same time
    Mang Tonying is a living example that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. At 60 years old, he’s about to graduate from grade school, while his 18-year-old son Gerard graduates high school. They are both students of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System, which aims to educate Filipinos of any age who have not finished their schooling. (gmanetwork.com)

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