Bill seeks to add day care centers to workplaces

Posted at 09/17/12 3:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Two lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would require employers to provide day care centers for their employees’ children aged five years old and below.

House Bill 6493, filed by former president turned lawmaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her son, Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo, seeks to amend Article 157 of the Labor Code as it mandates employers with 150 workers to provide day care centers within their workplaces.

The said facilities will be handled by qualified and competent personnel with proven experience in child care, and may be used by children of regular employees.

The Department of Labor and Employment will promulgate the rules and regulations for the implementation of the measure if passed.

“With both spouses working, this leaves caring for the children to a close relative, the household help or to anyone who happens to be available. Even though these assigned guardians succeed in looking after the children, there is still no substitute for parents personally to be able to take care of their children,” Arroyo said in a statement.

The proposed measure does not cover the national government or any of its political subdivisions, government-owned and controlled corporations, and charitable and religious organizations.