Provide daycare facilities for employees’ children – Solons

LAWMAKERS are pushing for the passage of a measure requiring employers to provide daycare facilities for their employees’ children aged five years old and below.

Reps. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) filed House Bill 6493 stressing the State’s responsibility to empower parents to provide for
their families while at the same time ensuring them they will be able to guarantee the welfare and safety of their small children.

“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.

Under the bill seeking to amend Article 157 of the Labor Code, employers with 150 employees are mandated to provide day care facilities within their work places.

The day care facility shall be used by children aged five years and below of regular employees and shall be handled by qualified and competent personnel with proven experience in child care.

Not covered by the measure is the national government or any of its political subdivisions, government owned and controlled corporations and charitable and religious organizations.

The Department of Labor and Employment shall promulgate the rules and regulations for the implementation of the proposed act.

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