Revilla seeks to double leave benefits of government officials, workers

  • Senator Bong Revilla filed a bill that aims to double the number of vacation leaves of government officials and workers
  • From the current 15 vacation leaves and 15 sick leaves, it will be expanded to 30 vacation leaves and 30 sick leaves
  • The bill also aims to institutionalize rehabilitation leave that grants a maximum of 6 months of leave

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has filed Senate Bill # 1821 seeking to double the number of leaves of government workers and officials and institutionalize rehabilitation leave.

Image by Bong Revilla via Facebook

Under the bill, Revilla seeks to expand the leave benefits of state workers and grant them rehabilitation leave for a maximum period of six months. According to Revilla, the task of working in the government has become too stressful that the leave benefits are now considered “highly necessary” for them to rest and recuperate.

“However, over the years, work in the government has become enormous that the leave benefits are considered not as an incentive but highly necessary for rest and recuperation to provide renewed vigor and energy to employees who have been subjected to strenuous and stressful work,” the bill stated.

Those who will be entitled to the expanded leave benefits are officials and employees of the national government, local government units, government-owned or controlled corporations and state universities and colleges, regardless of employment status. Teachers are excluded from the said leave benefits except those designated to perform non-teaching function.

Image by Bong Revilla via Facebook

Currently, government workers are entitled to 15 days vacation leave and 15 days of sick leave. If the bill gets passed, they will now be entitled to a total of 30 days vacation leaves and 30 days sick leaves annually with pay. It is exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays without limitation as to the number days of vacation and sick leave that they may accumulate.

They will also be entitled to a rehabilitation leave for a maximum period of 6 months for “sustained wounds or injuries while In the performance of their official duties and those whose illness was aggravated due to their working conditions.”