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Catanduanes Rep. Sarmiento pushes for measure granting additional privileges to single employees

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Single this Valentine’s Day? Worry not because Catanduanes Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento is pushing for a measure that seeks to grant additional benefits to single employees.

Sarmiento has filed House Bill 9026 or the proposed Single Persons’ Welfare Act, which grants more privileges to single workers.

“Layunin naman ng House Bill 9026 o Single Persons’ Welfare Act na mabigyan ng karagdagang pribilehiyo ang mga SINGLE EMPLOYEES na may mga “dependents” katulad ng mga inaalagang magulang at pinapaaral na mga kapatid o pamangkin,” Sarmiento’s office said.

It added that single employees must be given additional privileges so that they could provide more to their families as breadwinners.

“Karapatdapat silang bigyan ng additional leave benefits at flexi-working schedule para mas maipaglaban nila ang kanilang mahal sa buhay at bilang pagkilala sa kanilang responsibilidad bilang breadwinner,” the solon’s office said.

“Ito ay ipinanukala ni Cong. Cesar para mapagusapan na ang kapakanan ng mga single persons na kumakayod para sa kanilang mga pamilya,” it added.

Sarmiento said in the bill’s explanatory note that Filipino families are really “extended and close-knit” and those who have already graduated and now working still support their families.

Sarmiento said that this bill recognizes “their sacrifice and financial and moral contribution for the strengthening of the Filipino family.”