By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill seeking to raise the number of paid service incentive leave (SIL) credits granted to qualified employees from five to ten.
Under the measure (SBN) 1511, Lapid is pinning to amend a provision of the Labor Code of the Philippines, which stipulates that “every employee who has rendered at least one year of service shall be entitled to a yearly service incentive leave of five days.”
“Mahalagang aspeto ng worker’s welfare and benefits ang pagkakaloob ng mga leaves upang ang ating mga manggagawa ay magkaroon ng pahanon para sa kani-kanilang mga pamilya, makapag-bakasyon at makapaglaan ng oras sa sarili,” the senator said.
“Anumang dagdag na service incentive leave ay malaking tulong sa kanila at ito ay pagsunod sa mandato sa ating Saligang Batas sa pagseseguro ng makataong kondisyon ng trabaho,” Lapid explained.
According to Lapid, extending the amount of paid leave granted to employees benefits both the employees and the companies.
The proposed revision will not apply to people who already have a 10-day paid service incentive leave, people who work in establishments with fewer than 10 employees, and establishments that have been exempted by the labor secretary, according to SBN 1511, which maintains the exemptions under Presidential Decree No. 442.