Do you know your rights as a pregnant woman? In the Philippines, laws have been passed to protect you and your baby while pregnant. In this article, we discuss 10 important benefits you should remember while pregnant:
The Department of Health has an accessible health care program for pregnant women, which can be availed at hospitals, medical centers, as well as local government units (LGUs) through provincial hospital and rural health centers.
If you have been working for at least six months for your employer, you are entitled to a total of six weeks maternity leave – two weeks before expected date of delivery and four weeks after.
Maternity leave may be expected without pay or charged to unused leave credits.
Employers cannot fire or discriminate against you because of your pregnancy or the assumption that your pregnancy affects your work.
Employers cannot fire or discriminate against you to avoid giving you the pregnancy benefits you should receive.
Employers may provide medical assistance. Check your work contract and talk to HR to see if your pregnancy needs are covered.
Know your rights and benefits as a pregnant woman. For more help, you may approach government agencies like the Philippine Commission on Women (http://pcw.gov.ph/). Be sure to stay informed, and don’t be afraid to seek proper treatment.