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Expanded Maternity Leave

Requested from DOLE by Michelle Corporal at 02:54 PM on Nov 08, 2017.
Purpose: We need to know our benefits as an employee.
Date of Coverage: 03/08/2017 - 11/08/2017
Tracking no: #DOLE-485560871898

Michelle 02:54 PM, Nov 08, 2017

Hi! I would like to check the status of the Bill called Expanded Maternity Leave 2017. I understanded that it was approved on the Senate, how about the House of Representatives? Did they approve it too? If not yet, are they on the Final Reading or what is the bill's status under the House of Rep? If the house of Reps already approved it, when did they submit it to the president to sign?

Thank you.

Jann 08:26 AM, Nov 09, 2017

November 9, 2017

Dear Michelle,

Thank you for your request dated Nov 08, 2017 02:54:13 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Expanded Maternity Leave.

We received your request on Nov 08, 2017 02:54:13 PM and will respond on or before Nov 29, 2017 02:54:13 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #DOLE-485560871898.

Thank you.


Jann Barboza
FOI Receiving Officer

Mark 09:30 AM, Nov 09, 2017

November 9, 2017

Dear Michelle Corporal,


Thank you for your request dated Nov 08, 2017 02:54:13 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your Request

You asked for Expanded Maternity Leave.

Yes, you are right in saying that the Senate has already passed on third and final reading the Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2017. However, the measure's counterpart Bill in the House of Representatives is still waiting approval from its members. There is still a need for the House to pass its own version of the Bill and for them to meet and consolidate the two version of the two Bills. Once done, the consolidated Bills will will be forwarded to the President for his signature. Then, it still needs to be publish on two newspapers of general circulation prior to the drafting of an IRR. Only after this is done, then the law becomes effective.

Your right to request a review

If you are unhappy with this response to your FOI request, you may ask us to carry out an internal review of the response by writing to <Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III>. Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and should be made within 15 calendar days from the date when you received this letter. We will complete the review and tell you the result within 30 calendar days from the date when we receive your review request.

If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to appeal to the Office of the President under Administrative Order No. 22 (s. 2011).

Thank you.


Mark Valeros
FOI Decision Maker

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