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3-day leave sought for parents to attend school events

Posted On 2014 Sep 03
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Students pray on the first day of classes at Casili Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal province, east of Manila June 2, 2014. Around 23 million students were present for the opening of the new school year in the Philippines, the Department of Education reported on Monday.  (MNS photo)

Students pray on the first day of classes at Casili Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal province, east of Manila June 2, 2014. Around 23 million students were present for the opening of the new school year in the Philippines, the Department of Education reported on Monday. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker is pushing for the grant of leave to employed parents to allow them to attend their children’s activities at school.

Bacolod Representative Evelio Leonardia filed House Bill 4691, which seeks to provide parents and guardians employed with the government or private sector a non-cumulative leave with pay for a total of three days a year.

“The grant of leave with pay will give them the opportunity to attend to the school programs, meetings and for their children or ward where their presence is indispensable and necessary for the educational and moral development of their children,” Leonardia said in a statement.

He said parents who are often “no-shows” during their children’s school activities because of the “no-work-no-pay” policy present an obstacle to their duty to provide support and guidance for their kids.

He noted that as provided under the Child and Youth Welfare Code, every effort should be exerted to promote the child’s welfare and enhance his opportunities for a useful and happy life.

“As one of the most important assets of the nation, the promotion and enhancement of the child’s life and welfare is also anchored on the moral supervision and support given by his parents or guardians,” Leonardia said.

For the parents and guardians to avail of the non-cumulative three-day leave with pay, the bill requires them to have rendered at least one year continuous service with their employer.

The measure requires the employees availing of the parental leave to give due notice to their employer at least one day before the intended date of leave. They must also attach thereto the notice of the school meeting, program or activity.

A fine not exceeding P25,000 shall be imposed to any person, corporation, trust, firm, partnership, association or entity found violating this Act or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. (MNS)

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