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Kasambahay wage now under review

Cebu City, Philippines. At present, the kasambahay or household service workers rendering services in the cities and all first class municipalities in Central Visayas should be paid not less than PHP3,000.00 every month.

That’s the existing wage rate of kasambahay pursuant to Wage Order No. ROVII-D.W. 01, which is now under review by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7).

The members of the Board, according to DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Johson G. Cañete, have started doing the review of the provisions of Wage Order No. ROVII-D.W. 01, which took effect two (2) years ago.

Cañete, who also sits as Chairman of the Board, said that the RTWPB has started conducting a survey among the employers and kasambahay located in the Provinces of Cebu, Bohol, and Negros Oriental.

“We started conducting the survey since the last quarter of 2018 and with that, we hope to collect substantial data regarding the status of the household helpers in the Region,” said Atty. Cañete.

Part of the survey aimed to produce statistics on the number of household helpers receiving the minimum wages and those who were actually covered by social welfare benefits such as the SSS, Philhealth and PAG-IBIG.

For now, added the Regional Director, domestic workers rendering household services in other municipalities (not first class) should be given Php2,500.00 minimum wage per month.

Under Republic Act No. 10361 otherwise known as an Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers or Batas Kasambahay, the previous minimum wage rates of domestic workers were set at PHP2,000.00 for those working in the cities and first class municipalities and PHP1,500.00 for domestic workers based in other municipalities.

RTWPB-7 Board Secretary Grace G. Carreon shared that part of the main agenda of the upcoming Board Meeting this month would be the review of the Kasambahay wages.

“We are planning to hold public consultations regarding this move and we are eyeing on Dumaguete City as our first stop although the Board has not yet agreed on the final date,” she said.

Under the Kasambahay Law, apart from the standard minimum wages, household service workers must be able to avail and enjoy other mandatory benefits such as the 13th month pay; five (5) days service incentive leave (SIL); and one rest day per week.

Kasambahays also have the right to avail the Solo Parent Leave (RA 8972); Special Leave Benefit for Woman under the Magna Carta for Women (RA 9710); and Violence against Women and their Children (VAWC) Leave (RA 9262).

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2019-01-22
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