Paternity Leave in the Philippines
The Philippines’ Paternity Leave Act of 1996 (Republic Act No 8187) provides married fathers who are employed in the private and public sectors with seven working days of paid Paternity Leave at full pay for up to four children. Although Filipino fathers are entitled to paid paternity leave, traditional gender roles, the statutory prerequisites and the informal economy can pose challenges to its uptake.
All paternity leave is beneficial to fathers, but paid paternity leave delivers additional social and economic benefits. Research has shown that men are much more likely to use paternity leave when it is paid at an income replacement rate, is provided for fathers only (often referred to as ‘ring-fenced leave’, or ‘use or lose’ leave) and when their right to return to their job is protected.
This fact sheet discusses the benefits of paternity leave, the state of paternity leave in the Philippines and the policy challenges that are preventing the advancement paternity leave in the country.