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Menstrual leave bill filed

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago sought yesterday to allow female employees in both government and private offices a one-day leave each month for menstrual discomfort, saying a law for such should be enacted as in other countries in Asia.

She made the call as she filed Senate Bill (SB) 1687, titled the Menstruation Leave Act, which seeks to allow all female employees to take a day off once their monthly period hits them.

The senator said that should her bill is approved and enacted, women having their monthly visits would be entitled a one-day work leave with remuneration equivalent to a days pay when they avail of it.

She noted that her proposal to grant women employees a day of menstrual leave is not new as Indonesia, Taiwan, and South Korea are implementing labor laws that observe the grant of menstrual leave.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Health, in coordination with the Civil Service Commission, will draft its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) when it is enacted.

It proposes the imposition of a R30,000 fine or a 30-day to six-month jail term on violators. (Gabriel S. Mabutas)

Support for solons program

TA-YABAS, Quezon Mayor Severina Nadres said here yesterday that the 13 mayors and the more than 600 barangay captains in the first district of this province support the programs of Quezon Rep. Rafael P. Nantes which manifest the 10-point agenda of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Nadres said the solons program is in the acronym NANTES PO - Negosyo at Kooperatibismo, Agrikultura at Likas na Yaman, Nutrisyon at Kalusugan, Teknolohiya, Edukasyon at Kabataan, Suportang Serbisyo, and Peace and Order.

She said Nantes has substantiated his program through two major livelihood projects called the Talyer sa Barangay and Panahiang Pang-hanapbuhay where hundreds of sewing machines and more than a dozen welding machines were distributed to the barangays in the district.

In addition to these, the solon also gave to his constituents modern farm equipment, post-harvest facilities, stethoscopes for barangay health workers, conducted medical missions, constructed 400 schoolbuildings, built farm-to-market roads, helped realize the multi-million Tayabas-Mauban-Sampaloc-Lucban Loop Road, ports, bridges, fishports, and distributed handheld radios, computers, and multi-cabs. …