Expanded Maternity Bill gets bicam okay

THE Expanded Maternity Bill which gives longer leave credits to working mothers is set to be ratified after it passed the bicameral committee conference of both houses of Congress.

In their reconciled version, both chambers agreed to give 105 days of paid maternity leave credits to all working mothers seven of which can be converted into paternity leave.

Meanwhile, solo mothers will get an additional 15 days of leave credits or a total of 120 days.

Once passed into law, the measure will cover all mothers, married or not, have undergone normal or caesarian delivery and even mothers who had miscarriage.

The reconciled version of the Senate and House of Representatives will be submitted for ratification before it is forwarded to the President for his signature to be enacted into law.

Among those who crafted the reconciled version of the bill are Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Bernadette Herrera, Senator Risa Hontiveros, Senator Nancy Binay, Rep. Pia Cayetano, Rep. Emmie De Jesus and Rep. Arnel Ty.