Lawmaker Proposes 10-Day Paid Leave to Domestic Violence Victims, Survivors

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Lawmaker Proposes 10-Day Paid Leave to Domestic Violence Victims, Survivors


By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte is proposing to grant a 10-day paid leave to a victim-survivor of domestic violence.

He strongly urged Congress to amend Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

"Victims of violence and abuse remain prejudiced in the workplace, with no relief given by their employers. Time has proven, unfortunately, that cognizance and prevention are separate of each other. Marrying the two, even with government initiative, has not been a walk in the park," he said.

He noted that as Quezon City has recorded 512 cases of violence against women in 2017, the National Demographic and Health Survey also showed that married women in rural areas continue to experience abuse from male partners.

Villafuerte filed House Bill 7534 seeking to grant 10-day paid leave to a victim of VAWC in addition to other paid leaves under the Labor Code and Civil Service Rules and Regulations and other existing laws and company policies.

"This bill seeks to strengthen the Anti-VAWC Act and protect victims of VAWC, who are employed, from retribution in cases where they are unable to attend to their jobs, " he said.

He said his measure also seeks to prevent employers and agencies to deny the application for a leave by a victim of violence.

"It intends to adhere to the wisdom of the Anti-VAWC law in giving women of the basic rights such as the right to healthful working conditions," Villafuerte said. …

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