Romualdez lauds Duterte

May 06, 2019

“WE congratulate again President Rodrigo Duterte and his officials for championing women’s welfare and rights.”

Thus Tingog first nominee and Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez said yesterday as she welcomed the full implementation of the 105-day Expanded Maternity Leave Act, reiterating her call that it should not be used as an excuse to discriminate women in workplaces.

Romualdez, one of the measure’s authors, lauded the government for recently signing Republic Act (RA) No. 11210 measure’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

Committee on accounts appealed anew to employers to observe the full implementation of the law without discriminating women.

“I am appealing once again for us to remain steadfast in fighting discrimination against women, especially our Constitution recognizes the role of women in nation-building and promotes equality for them,” said Romualdez, a registered nurse who gave birth to her daughter Maddey on September 1, 2015 through a caesarian delivery.

The law seeks to grant the 105-day paid maternity leave for expectant working mothers in public and private sectors with an option to extend an additional 30 days without pay.

“This will provide better benefits to ordinary working women. It’s really difficult to recover, especially if the delivery is through caesarian, I can relate to this experience,” said Romualdez, a mother of four, adding that the law will help alleviate the issue of mothers leaving their babies for work.