La Union workers get two-day work-from-home benefit on menstrual days

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) — Female employees in La Union can now choose to work comfortably at home during their “red days” as the provincial government signs an order for a two-day monthly work-from-home benefit as “menstruation privilege.”

Governor Rafy Ortega-David on Tuesday signed Executive Order (EO) No. 25 to offer flexible working arrangements for female provincial government employees during their red days.

“With this EO, mayroon nang two-day per month privilege na makukuha ang female employees ng provincial government of La Union on their period days where they can avail therefore of a work-from-home arrangement,’” the governor said.

[Translation: With this EO, La Union provincial government's female employees can now get two-day per month privilege on their period days where they can avail therefore of a work-from-home arrangement.’]

“I hope that with this EO, we can spread awareness and be kinder to our female employees lalong-lalo na sa kanilang [especially during their] period days. To all our female employees, this EO is my hug to each of you,” she added.

Ortega-David said menstrual kits will also be provided “in every office.”

Some Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, grant paid medical leave for women with menstrual cramps or period pain.