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CSC issues guidelines for availment of special leave for women gov't employees

Manila (3 December) -- The Civil Service Commission has already issued the guidelines for the availment of special leave for women government employees who will undergo surgery due to gynecological disorders.

Resolution No. 1000432 contains the guidelines on entitlement and procedure of the availment of special leave benefits for women granted under Section 18 of Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). It was promulgated on November 22, 2010.

Under the CSC guidelines, covered by this special leave are female employees in the public sector, regardless of age and civil status, who have rendered at least six months aggregate service for the last 12 months prior to undergoing surgery for gynecological disorders.

The special leave shall be for a maximum period of two months per year with full pay based on her gross monthly compensation (monthly basic pay plus mandatory allowances). It may be used for the period covering the surgery until recuperation. Absence incurred from the pre-surgery period, as well as those in excess of the two months allowed under the special leave benefit, may be charged against the employee's earned leave credits.

The benefit covers procedures provided in the List of Surgical Operations for Gynecological Disorders formulated by a Technical Working Committee composed of obstetrician-gynecologists, surgeons and medical doctors.

The CSC guidelines further state that "the special leave benefit is non-cumulative and not convertible to cash."

"The guidelines shall be implemented retroactively starting September 15, 2009 or the day the MCW took effect. This means that employees covered by the said guidelines who have undergone surgery and recuperation due to gynecological disorders from the said date onwards are allowed to avail of the special leave," said the CSC in its press report.

CSC added that those who used their sick or vacation leave credits for surgery and recuperation that occurred between September 15, 2009 and November 21, 2010, the day prior to issuance of the CSC guidelines, can have their leave credits restored.

The full copy of CSC Resolution No. 1000432 is available on-line, just log on to (PIA) [top]

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