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Rep. Vi proposes paid leave for workers to attend kids’ school activities


By Charissa Luci

Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto is proposing that private and government employees be granted a three-day paid leave to attend school-related activities of their children.

PHOTO: Grabbed from Wikipedia | Manila Bulletin

PHOTO: Grabbed from Wikipedia | Manila Bulletin

Santos-Recto filed House Bill 2610, which provides that an employer must grant an employee a paid school visitation leave of up to three days on any given day during the school year to attend school conferences or classroom activities related to the employee’s child if such activities cannot be scheduled during non-work hours.

She said her bill covers employees who have rendered service for at least six consecutive months and whose child or children attend public or private school up to the secondary level.

The child or children can be biological, adopted or foster child, a stepchild or a legal ward of the employee.

The award-winning veteran actress pressed on the need to encourage parental involvement in the educational system.

“Employed parents and guardians who are unable to meet with educators because of a work conflict should be granted the right to an allotment of time during the school year to attend necessary educational or behavioral conferences of their children,” she said.

The bill provides that the leave can only be taken when the employee “has exhausted all accrued vacation leave, personal leave, compensatory leave and any other leaves that may be granted except sick leave and disability leave.”

Parents or guardians must first secure a documentation of the school visitation from the school administrator, with failure to do so subject to company sanctions for unexcused absences from work.

HB 2610 tasks the Department of Labor and Employment and the Civil Service Commission to issue the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed act.

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