‘Kasambahay’ wage bill closer to becoming a law


Representative Sonny Angara. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The “Kasambahay” bill has inched closer to becoming a law after the bicameral conference committee on Tuesday managed to reconcile conflicting provisions, particularly on wage rates.

In a third and final meeting that lasted five hours, representatives of the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed on a “hybrid” formula setting the minimum salary for house help in Metro Manila at P2,500.

The amount would be pegged at P2,000 for helpers in chartered and first-class municipalities, and P1,500 for those situated in other towns, according to Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, a coauthor of the House version.

To satisfy the House contingent, the committee agreed to allow the regional wage boards to review and determine the salary rates.

But consistent with the law against diminution of benefits, the minimum wage set on the first year would not be decreased, Angara said.

“We are hopeful that this landmark piece of legislation for 2 million kasambahay can be signed into law by President Aquino before the year ends,” he said. “This would be a perfect Christmas present to our hardworking helpers.”

Angara said the conference committee, led by Rep. Emil Ong for the House and Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for the Senate, began deliberating on conflicting provisions of the bill at around 8 p.m. on Monday. The committee completed its work five hours later.

Angara said the committee report was expected to be ratified by both chambers by next week. The reconciled version of the bill will then be sent to President Aquino for signing.

SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig

A key provision would allow membership in the Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), and Pag-Ibig Fund.

Employers are to take care of premium payments for helpers earning less than P5,000 monthly. Those with a monthly take-home pay of P5,000 or more would share premium payments with their employers for SSS and Pag-Ibig. Employers would still fully shoulder PhilHealth payments, in this case.

The bill also seeks to provide an opportunity for house help to complete “basic education, higher education, technical and vocational training, or other alternative learning systems,” Angara said.

“We’ve agreed that employers should adjust the work schedule of the domestic worker to allow such access to education or training without hampering the services required by the employer,” he said.

“This is a great way of opening up opportunities for helpers to finish schooling and explore other employment options.”

Angara said the bill would bar employees from “placing their helpers under debt bondage (and) from hiring minors below 15 years (old).”


Vacation, 13th-month pay

Helpers who have completed a year’s work would be entitled to an annual service leave of five days and a 13th-month pay, he added.

Estrada, who earlier proposed a minimum P3,000 monthly for kasambahay in Metro Manila, said the new rates were regarded as “affordable and reasonable” and were based on the “total income of a middle-class household and its employed members.”

“We are not preventing well-off employers from paying much higher wages to their household helpers.  We just want to give kasambahay what is due them,” he said.

Currently, Article 143 of the Labor Code pegs the monthly wage of Metro Manila at P800, those in “highly urbanized areas” at P650 and in other municipalities, P550. With a report from Cathy C. Yamsuan

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  • ramabel

    Php2,500 na nga ang halos bayaran ng kasambahay sa mga probinsiya mga ilang taon na iyan, pwera pa ang mga pakonsuelo sa mga kasambahay… dapat nag-research muna ang mga staff ng mga mambabatas.., sila kaya magkano ang pasuweldo nila sa kanilang kasambahay…. metro manila pa, 2,500 lang… omg…

  • Miguel37

    ok pwede na

  • Miguel37

    Aba ang Angara , bwakina%$ INA mo. Papogi ka na naman, 2500? isaksak mo sa baga mo yan. ano magagwa ng 2500? Laking insulto nito sa mga kasambahay at alam kaya nitong gunggong na eto na mas masama epekto nito sa long term dahil nga batas gagawin etong excuse ng mga mapagsamantalang amo na wag itaas ang sahod ng mga kasambahay. Put!@# ina talaga mga piltoko natin oo.. Pwe!

  • Ping Gonzales

    pwede na ang amount na iyan dahil ang kasambahay ay libre sa sabon panlaba, pampaligo, shampoo at conditioner pa kung sakali, toothpaste kun ano ano pa, pwede mag internent sa linggo, 0 kaya magsine 0 pasyalan but iyong plano na SSS member dapat voluntary na yan dahil kumpormi na rin yan sa mga kasambahay meron din dyan na magnanakaw, tsismosa 0 tamadatsi baka ilang linggo lang 0 buwan lang lalayas ang mga ito 0 sasama sa kanyang boy friend na kadalasan ay security guards pls lang pag aralan sa ang nasabi ko dto

    • koolgal

      tama ka.  dapat voluntary lang ang SSS and Pag-ibig. as I’ve written in my post above, my kasambahay is grade 2 lang at halos no read no write.  papano siya makaka-avail ng benefits sa mga agencies na ito.  sa requirements na lang, hindi na nila kayang gawin.  

  • Datukalun

    Depnde dapat iyan sa income ng amo kung mga senador ang amo dapat gawing 20K sweldo nila buwan buwan O mahigit pa kasi may mga pera sila pero kung 1 katuladn ng ordinaryong si Juan de la cruz na kailangan lang ng helper sa bahay para makapag sideline pandagdag pang hanap buhay nilang mag anak at pagbabayarin pa nila ng kung ano ano ay mahihirapan ang tao at mahirap iyan masunold.problem w/ this senators etc.They have millions in their bank account for them thats only a drop in the bucket they dont really know what is to be an ordinary Filipino na nakikita day to day na naglalakad sa kalye.Senators is always treated VIP in their aircon expensive cars not like Juan de la Cruz riding in bicycle tricycle jeep buss and train siksikan.

  • californiaflip

    Again politicians monkeying with the law of supply and demand. 30% of the maids will be laid off if their employers must pay all government benefits over and above the P2500. Many maids have a higher net take home than minimum wage workers and get to watch TV during office hours while the amo is at the office. Government actions like this are the reason 70% of OFW DH  in Taiwan, HK, Singapore and Brunei were replaced by Indonesians, Vietnamese and Sri Lankans. Why can’t any of these 1d10ts get it into their head that the issue in the Philippines is not wages, but the cost of living? Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are richer countries per capita than the Philippines but have lower or no minimum wage. Why? because food, electricity and rent are much lower than the Philippines. Too much kotong at the checkpoints and special stickers to bring food into Manila. Too much Local Government Kotong making rice 50% higher for the same quality than anywhere in ASEAN. Electricity which is 30-50% because of IPP, PSALM, WESM which is controlled by an Oligopoly and Transco/ National Grid Corporation which is controlled by China.


    Dapat gawing mas mataas ang sahod para wala nang masyadong recruitment sa countryside. Kaya may mga kabataang lalaki sa probinsya namin na maengganyong mag-NPA ay dahil sa wala na halos mga dalagang natira dahil kinuhang katulong sa siyudad. Nababagot na kaya ayon nag-NPA para matupad ang pangarap na makawak ng armas katulad ng kanilang idolo sa pelikula.

  • boybakal

    Estrada, said the new rates were regarded as “affordable and reasonable” and were based on the “total income of a middle-class household and its employed members.”

    How about those who are not middle class but needs kasambahay for help.
    This law has no distinction, no qualification.
    Sa mga katulad mo Jinngoy na mayaman, maliit yan pero sa mga mahirap na kailangan ang katulong, mataas.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAUFRN6E4JJ67TDR25KRGR3DFE Zen

      hello. having a helper is a luxury, not a constitutional right. what is a constitutional right here is the helper’s welfare, not yours. so kung wala kang pera pangkuha ng helper, sorry ka. kung wala kang pambili ng volvo, sorry ka. kung wala kang pambili ng hermes, sorry ka. actually sorry tayo kasi wala rin akong pambili ng lahat ng yan. 

  • Luthmar

    P2500 is reasonable because lodging and food are free.  What about their working hours?  I know some employers make their “kasambahays work to death.


    YEHHHEEEYYYY…..magkakaroon na din kami ng SSS, Phil-Health, at PAGIBIG!  Ang tagal-tagal na naming hinintay na magkaroon kami ng ganitong benepits.  Ngayon, pwede na kaming mai-helera sa mga empleyado sa mga kompanya.  Galing talaga ni Angara…..hindi nasayang yong pagka-kilabot nya sa mga atsay!

  • http://twitter.com/pr1ncegolez Prince Golez

    Bakit ang tatay ang nasa picture, at hindi si Cong?

  • http://twitter.com/pr1ncegolez Prince Golez

    Bakit ang tatay ang nasa picture, at hindi si Cong?

  • nizgoda

    kelangan talagang may minimum.  kawawa yung kasambahay kung less sa minimum, kaya nga yung ibanagnanakaw nalang. pero dapat may increase kung malaki din kita ng amo, say additional ??% ng gross income (divided nang mga ilang kasambahay nandun) kung income > 50k for example. kasi kung mas malaki income mas malaki bahay, mas mahirap yung trabaho. iba din dapat sweldo ng maid sa nag aalaga ng bata.

    • MyCountryMyLove

      Lahat ng mga sinasabi mo ay napaparananan ng mga pamilya. Karamihan ng kasambahay ay mga kamag-anak nila. Yung mga gustong mag-hire ng kasambahay na di nila kaano-ano ay marahil may kaya sa buhay yun.

      Lahat nito ay HINDI MALULUNASAN NG MINIMUM NA SAHOD PARA SA KASAMBAHAY pagkat political rate lang naman ang kayang itadhana ng mga mambababatas. 

      Dapat ang ginagawa nilang batas ay para sa PANGKABUHAYAN NG MGA MAHIHIRAP NA PILIPINO tulad ng pagpapa-sagana ng ilang sektor ng agrikultura, pagpopondo sa mga bagay na pwedeng i-export, mga cottage industry na hawak ng mga kooperatiba at marami pang ibang livelihood na naka-base sana sa ating bansa lamang or local based livelihood. Pag-papautang ng sapat sa mga maliliit na entrepreneur o mangangalakal. Baka meron pa kayong idea dyan?

      Mga Kongresista natin at Senador, mag-isip-isip naman kayo. Naghihingalo na sa totoo lang ang bayan natin. Puro taas ng tax na lang ang nasa kokote ng mga ito. Maging makabayan naman kayo wag maka-sarili!

  • koolgal

    ok lang sana  itong bill for the protection of kasambahays.  but I don’t agree with the payment of SSS and Pag-ibig.  Ang kasambahays ko ay grade 2 lang ang natapos, halos hindi pa marunong magbasa at sumulat.  maka-avail kaya sila ng benefits/privileges sa mga ahensiyang ito?  pauutangin kaya sila?  sabi ng kasambahays ko, sa akin na lang sila uutang at wala pang interest which they do often. i-dagdag mo pa yong mga requirements na kailangan nilang i-submit to avail of these benefits kuno.    Philhealth ok pa, infact meron na sila nito even before this bill.  

    kaya ito ang tanong ko, papano makakautang ang grade 2 or kahit grade 6 from SSS and Pag-ibig? 

    • MyCountryMyLove

      Mag hire sila ng isang accountant para mag-asikaso ng mga yan. LOL.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

      kapag hindi pinautang ng sss, congress na magpapautang.  tutal naman sila naka isip nyan eh.  kapag hindi pinautang ng congress kasuhan silang lahat

  • MyCountryMyLove

    Setting Minimum Wage Law for the kasambahay is a function of politics. Wala naman itong direktang kinalaman sa ekonomiya natin. Nagpapapogi lang ang mga senador at kongresman natin para sa eleksyon. Ayusin muna ang pricing structures ng essential commodities at high tuition fees ng private schools. Ang bigas sobrang taas para sa common tao. Ang tuition fees sobrang hirap abutin ng ordinaryong minimum wage earners. Imagine P40,000. per semester. Ang minimum wage earners kikita ng P10,000 isang buwan, bale P130,000 isang taon kasama 13th month pay. P80,000 nito mapupunta sa tuition ng anak lang. Di pa kasama dito ang transpo at allowance ng bata. Isang anak pa lang yun! Paano na ang bayad sa bahay, kuryente, tubig, pagkain, damit, gamot,…haaaaaaayyy…..

    Na-aalala ko ang tuition fee ko nuon ay P181.00 per semester sa UE. Minimum wage nuon P8.00/day. Janitor ako nuon. Ang wage ko ay P4.00 per day pero nakakapag-aral ako. Panggabi. Self supporting ika nga. Pero ngayong panahon di na kaya ng mga student na mag self-supporting. Ano ba ang nangyayari na sa ating bansa?

    Super incompetent ang ilan sa mga Senador at Kongresista natin!

    Daming importanteng batas na dapat asikasuhin pero puro pampapogi lang na batas ang kayang gawin.


  • disqusted0fu

    why do they seem to prioritize other bills and skip the FOI bill which the administration has promised to support? no word of honor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4HVI3U2UXYXFKRUKIAJ47P3TE ed

    omg. ang laki pala ng binabayad ko sa kasama ko sa bahay kung yan lang ang minimum

  • rhan duke

    pass that law now!

  • ruel taburnal

    hahaha tindi ahh sa probinsya tagal ng 2,500. d2 sa maynila ngayon pa lang?? hehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LHIWGAYTSGJDTVKOHUFKD7JRBI Jasmin

    maliit lang pala binibigya nila!  yng allowance ng kasama ko sa bahay ay 1000 per week. we should be considerate to the families of the kasambahay, because they are like overseas migrants who  go out of  their home provinces, leaving behind their families, to earn a living.  

  • Batz61

    landmark ba iyan?Eh ang baba ng sweldo na P2500 para sa kasamam-bahay na anytime on call, hours waking up early in the morning and sleeping late at night, maraming amo sa bahay…etc. Ang kasamambahay namin eh matagal nang P3000 minimum starting…they deserve something much better!!! Kaya yung gustong magkatulong, hwag kayong mag-complain…house helps have to be paid justly, be given proper benefits like day offs,vacation, support for sickness…kung hindi ninyo kaya mabayaran sila ng nararapat,hwag magkatulong…kundi, naabuso lang ang kapwa natin. Pero, two-way din, hindi rin dapat mag-abuso ang house help if they are given the proper benefits and pay due them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/45TNNSMXK4SCBB4FYIGS3KOHLE hershey

    Kasambahay sa metro manila just 2500 ang minimum wage? wow naman. I am giving my househelp 2,500+ for the last 2 years here in the province with an increase yearly. Some of my colleagues are giving more. I am also sending her to night school here in one of our private schools. Pihikan na ang mga househelp dito sa province namin. Yung isa ko ngang katulong nag abandon ship kasi may nagoffer sa kanya ng 3500 monthly plus incentives. please do study first the situation of our country. Baka ung mga taga-maynilang househelp na ang pupunta sa probinsya para maging katulong kung sa gayon.

  • SignTheWaiverNow

    Sa mga inutil na nagcomment dito na P2,500 na daw ngayon binabayad nila… huwag kayong magpakita ng kahinaan ng kokote dito ha!

    unang una, may 13th month pay ba ang kasambahay niyo? pangalawa, may Philhealth, SSS, at Pag ibig ba mga yan?

    Baka ang P2,500 mo dati, ngayon P5,000 na dahil sa mga benepisyo! utak kangkong talaga kayo! Pwe!

    Mga puro satsat at di marunong magbilang ampucha!

    tsk tsk tsk….

    • bugoybanggers

      Maraming nagmamayabang dito, eh maga katulong din pala.

  • basilionisisa

    kayayabang ng ibang commenters dito, palakihan at pataasan ng…!

    sana maisip naman nilang hindi lahat ng nagkakatulong ay kasing laki ng suweldo nila. Na yung iba hand-to-mouth lang ang kinikita at nangangailangan lang ng katulong, for example, para may maiwanang kasama lang sa bahay ang old parent pag umaalis sila para magtrabaho.

    Will they be penalized if the provisions of this Law are not met by them, even if there is verbal and mutual agreement between them and the house helps, ie the house help is happy to stay even if not receiving all these benefits? (there are ‘kasambahays’ who are like those, you know, just happy to be treated as family, happy to make sacrifices for the family just like a true member.)

    I think this law might just be stirring some controversy. The kasambahay agrees to terms of ‘employment’ during the interview, and he/she may leave anytime, anyway, so why the need for this law (here)?

    • bugoybanggers

      Tama, marami dito akala mo may binabayarang katulong. HOY, hinihintay na kayo ng amo ninyo. Maglalaba pa kayo at yung sasakyan pinapa washing ni boss.

  • GeorginaBilson

    well at least they will be given benefits such as sss,pagibig and philhealth.kailangan nila yan especially sa line of work nila na sagad talaga sa trabaho. one good thing about this is that they will be given 13th month pay and offs. para sakin naman,as long as they will be given these things ok yan.kesa naman sa wala d ba?

    • bugoybanggers

      May katulong ka ba? Sige bayaran mo lahat yan okay?

  • GatasNgCow

    mabuti na din na mabigyan sila ng mga benepisyong meron ang isang empleyado, tulad ng philhealth, sss at pagibig. mabigat ang trabaho nila kaya tama lang din na mabigyan sila ng wasto at sapat na benepisyo. ok sakin yang law na yan at sana maipatupad na yan sa lalong madaling panahon.

    • bugoybanggers

      May katulong ka ba? Sige bayaran mo lahat yan okay?

  • SuyaMelk

    Im sure maraming kasambahay ang matutuwa sa balita na yan,at kung matuloy na mas magiging epektibo ang mga trabaho nila. 

  • bugoybanggers

    Paalala po sa mga nagbabalak mag apply bilang katulong, deretso na lang kayo sa mga recruitment agency pa ABROAD. Doon na lang kayo mamasukan, 400usd pa isang buwan. Huwag kayong palokong mag trabaho bilang katulong dito sa PINAS sa mga taong katulong din pala ang trabaho sa ibang bansa. Karamihan sa mga pamilyang may KATULONG ay mga KATULONG/DH/Caregiver (kuno) din ang trabaho sa ibang bansa. Bawian lang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    Estrada, who earlier proposed a minimum P3,000 monthly for kasambahay in Metro Manila, said the new rates were regarded as “affordable and reasonable” and were based on the “total income of a middle-class household and its employed members.”
    so, sa middle-class lang pala i-implement ang batas na ito?  magkano ba ang kita ng middle class?  ano ang bench mark?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Bakit hindi nalang PHP3,000 minimum under grad high school, PHP4,000 minimum for high school graduate, PHP7,000 minimum college level, PHP10,000 minimum college graduate.. all over the Philippines at alisin na ang klasipikasyon ng lugar(kaya nagkakaruon ng local migration at mabagal ang pag usad ng ibang lugar dahil sa mga batas na palpak)… pari parihas lang naman ang presyo ng bigas, mantika, gatas, asukal at ulam saan kaman sa Pilipinas.

    Kung matulungin ang amo at pinag aaral niya pa katulong niya dapat ang estado bigyan ng insentibo ang employeer like tax credits.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    The purpose of this Bill is just for politics ……May 2013 elections is nearly coming.

    Question: How about if the employeer cannot afford for the minimum wage & benefits of kasambahay as mandated by law?….the kasambahay will stop work…. does the law will have provisions that will difinitely provide jobs for those kasambahay.

    Employment for kasambahay is just a bargaining for consideration of situation. Like me, my kasambahay a widow earned PHP4,000/monthly most of the work just for cooking, mostly in the house are automatic household machine.

     Actually, I asked her if she want to retire she can do so because she has already  Professional teacher daughter(with family) & Professional mechanic son… but still she want to stay in our side in which all my 3 sons grow with her care. She told me once I retired being OFW, she will go. Honestly… Im not interested to pay contribution for Philhealth & Pag-ibig or SSS because its too late for this. Do i will be liable and moving against the law?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • abbaj


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E4QT2QOIDHINWJ2CE2WIHNYNIA Shine

    Dumidiskarte na naman ang mga atsay killer! Nyahaha!


    We are already paying that rate and even more to our kasambahays.

  • rain rain

    Ang gnagawa lng ng kasambahay nmen ay maglaba, plantsa at manuod ng tv. 5k/month and is asking for more. Kung bibigyan pa ng sss+philhealth better na kme nlng gumawa ng gawain nya. tsk tsk tsk

  • cherrieblos

    mas mataas pa kita nila kaysa sa ibang 4 years college grad na empleyado

  • cherrieblos

    i like the idea na may law to protect our kasambahays…. pero sana di minadali diba, pinag-aralan muna sana.. 

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