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Bill supporting the well-being of caregivers receives final House approval

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Tuesday’s final reading of a bill to extend the yearly service incentive leave (SIL) for workers in the private sector from five to ten days was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives.

A total of 273 legislators supported House Bill 988, which aims to alter the Philippine Labor Code, during the plenary session. No politician opposed the proposal or chose to abstain.

Every employee who has completed at least one year of service is entitled to a yearly service incentive leave of 10 days, according to the proposed change.

Employees who are currently receiving the benefit and those working in businesses with fewer than 10 employees are exempt from the clause.

The bill’s creator, Representative Mark Go of Baguio City, claimed that providing paid time off is useful for workers and economically advantageous for employers.

Such incentives raise employee morale and happiness, which is reflected in higher production, according to Go.

Go claimed that the leave credits also reduce the possibility of employee health and safety problems, which could ultimately prove to be more expensive for both employees and companies.

The measure intends to give workers a work-life balance, increase their happiness and morale, and reduce the possibility of health and safety hazards.

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