A year ago, the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill passed the final reading. This entails new mothers 120 days of paid leave so they can dedicate their time in taking care of their newborn baby. They can also transfer 30 days to their husband, partner, or close family member, and they’ll get paid too.
“The Expanded Maternity Leave Bill will indeed cover adoptive parents, especially same-sex couples who want to have children,” Sen. Hontiveros said. The parents will have 30 days each to care for the child, regardless of their age. “This is a new member of the family, and we need to adjust—learn how to take care of him/her, let him/her get used to us as new parents,” she said.
Sen. Hontiveros added that this will also be incorporated in the Anti-Discrimination Bill (also known as SOGIE Equality Bill) once it’s passed into law. This is important because people will be educated and will hopefully be more respectful toward members of the LGBTQ+ community. This bill will also criminalize acts of hate against these people.