The government has paid about $1.2 million to nearly 12,000 female garment workers who have had babies so far this year.
According to a report released yesterday by the National Social Security Fund, 11,706 female garment workers delivered babies in January, February and the first 22 days of March.
“So far this year, 11,706 female workers delivered 11,783 babies, with 77 of them having twins,” it said.
Cambodia’s garment industry employs about 700,000 workers, most of whom are women.
The report said that the government paid 4.7 billion riel, or about $1.2 million, to the female garment workers who gave birth.
Prime Minister Hun Sen had previously promised that the government would provide a bonus of $100 per worker who delivered one baby, while mothers of twins would receive $200 and mothers of triplets would get $300.
The government is prepared to pay at least $10 million per year to female workers who bear children.
Speaking to thousands of garment workers in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, Mr Hun Sen said the government had already spent more than $1 million on female workers delivering babies so far this year. They also get maternity leave for three months while receiving 100 percent of their salary.
“This is the benefit for our workers. We are using the social protection policy that we created for more national safety,” he said.
The premier added that the government must continue this work and called on his officials to pay more attention, especially to workers’ health.