La Union, which is located on Luzon’s northwest coast, serves as the entry point to the Ilocos Region. The province has developed into the Ilocos region’s commercial, educational, and administrative hub thanks to its advantageous position. La Union serves as the region’s commercial and religious hubs, drawing a large number of pilgrims from all over the country, particularly during Lent.
Generally, when women are having their red days, they easily get irritated (mood swings). They frequently find it difficult to function during their period because of the intense discomfort they experience due to dysmenorrhea.
Since then, women have been battling menstruation discomfort in silence, and it’s a serious issue. Because of this, the province government of La Union recently enacted an executive decree that provides benefits to its female employees during their menstrual cycle.
Last Tuesday, October 18, La Union Governor Raphaelle Veronica Ortega-David issued Executive Order No. 25, granting “Menstrual Privilege” to female LGU employees, allowing them to work from home for two days each month while they are on their period.
“Hawak ko ang pirmadong Menstruation Privilege by virtue of Executive Order No. 25, series of 2022, Kaprobinsiaan,” Ortega-David said in a post while she was standing next to female provincial government employees.
In addition, the LGU will provide menstruation kits to “every office.”
However, though the EO permits female employees to work from home, Zeny Aspiras, an administrative officer at the LGU’s Human Resource Management Office, stated in an interview with the Philippine News Agency that “it will still be output-based as per the existing rules under Civil Service Commission (CSC).”
Government workers are permitted to “provide services away from their office”, “regardless of status of appointment,” according to the CSC directive, which was approved last May 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Aspiras stated that the contents of the “Menstrual Privileges” granted by the provincial administration of La Union are still being worked out.
Meanwhile, Ortega-David stated that the recently authorized EO seeks to “spread awareness and be kinder to our female employees lalong-lalo na sa kanilang period days.”
“To all our female employees, this EO is my hug to each of you,” Ortega added.
Source: PhilSTAR Life