House approves Kasambahay Bill



MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed on final reading a bill seeking to  guarantee the rights and benefits of household workers in the Philippines.

House Bill 6144, approved on third reading, provides minimum labor standards, including minimum wage setting, regulating working hours, provision of insurance and leave benefits for househelp.

Domestic helpers in Metro Manila will get a minimum salary of P3,000 per month, P2,000 in chartered cities and first class municipalities and P1,000 in other municipalities, says the bill, authored by Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and his son Representative Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo of Camarines Sur’s First District.

They are also entitled to a 13th month pay and should be covered by the Social Security System and all the benefits provided under Republic Act No. 8282, as amended.

The measure, which also intends to protect domestic workers from abuses, would have been discussed at the plenary Tuesday if not for the conflict caused by Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez’s outburst.

Rufus on Monday lost his cool on Monday in opposing the motion to terminate debates on Reproductive Health Bill, saying that some members were not at the Batasan Complex because the voting was previously scheduled for Tuesday.

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  • jawaini

    ito may bagong batas n naman tayo…ok ito may proteksyon n ngayon ang domestic helper …ang tanong…sususnod ba kaya ang mga employers nito….kasi dagdag gastos n naman ito para sa mga employers…

  • ruthieem7

    Ms. Karen, kindly correct your source. Iba yang bill na linked sa HB 6144 mo. Consolidated na ang Kasambahay Bill na na-pass authored by Reps. Emil Ong (NUP, Northern Samar); JV Ejercito (PMP, San Juan City); Juan Edgardo Angara (LDP, Aurora); Alfredo Benitez (LP, Negros Occidental); Catalina Bagasina (ALE Party-list); Bernadette Herrera Dy (Ang Bagong Henerasyon), and Kaka Bag-ao (Akbayan). 

  • AdyMarty

    If this bill makes into law. I’ll terminate the employment of all my household helpers. I treat them well but I don’t like the idea of lawyers involved. I rather buy expensive appliances than be forced to live like running a labor force within my own home.

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