Over 120,000 women gained from expanded maternity leave: SSS

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2019 05:48 PM

Pregnant women wait at the CSV Maternity and Lying-in Clinic. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A total of 122,571 working women have benefited from the Expanded Maternity Leave Law for the first quarter of 2019, the Social Security System (SSS) reported Wednesday.

SSS President and CEO Aurora Ignacio said 122,571 employed women received a longer recuperation time after giving birth and a longer time to care for their newborns following the implementation of the 105-day expanded maternity leave law.

Employed women were previously entitled to 60 calendar days of paid leave for normal delivery and 78 days for cesarean delivery.

For the first 4 months of the year, SSS disbursed P2.67 billion in maternity benefits which is 15.09 percent higher than the P2.32 billion disbursed for the same period last year.

Ignacio added that by January next year, the maximum maternity financial assistance to new mothers will go up to P70,000 from the current P32,000.