Baldoz urges Aquino to sign bill on household help

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employment has asked President Aquino to sign the Kasambahay BIll, saying it would be the most fitting Christmas gift to household service workers.

“We are hopeful President Benigno S. Aquino III will sign into law the final enrolled version of the Kasambahay Bill next week. This will be the most fitting, early Christmas gift the Congress and the President of the Philippines can give to our domestic workers,” Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement.

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

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; P2,000 for those in chartered cities and first class municipalities and P1,500 for those in other municipalities.

“We are elated over the approval  by the Congress of the Philippines’ Bicameral Conference Committee of the joint version of the proposed Kasambahay or Domestic Workers Act,” she said.

“At last, after years of legislative struggle, we are finally very close to empowering the Filipino household service workers and providing them with adequate welfare and social protection consistent with internationally accepted labor standards, such as the International Labor Organization  Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers,” she added.

Baldoz said the law will empower the over 2.9 million household service workers in the country.

“After it is signed into law, the Department of Labor and Employment, in cooperation with other government agencies and its tripartite partners, will move fast to formulate the implementing rules and regulations of the Domestic Workers Act. It will ensure the treatment of household service workers as members of the formal sector and provide them social protection,” Baldoz said.

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  • brentcom

    Baldoz!!! P2500 minimum is nothing!!! minimum in metro manila must be P4000. kahit kailan tanga ka talaga baldoz!!! and problema sa atin mga pinoy, kaya naman ntin gawin ang mga maliliit na bagay eh naghahanap pa ng katulong lalo na yung mapangkunwaring may kaya.

  • jawaini

    how will they feed their family with their measly 2,500 a month salary????why not pass a law that domestic helper should receive a minimum wage as other workers do…they work more hours…basically manual… and no overtime pay…if we consider them as a working force then they should be given the right wage and protection under the law.. as others do..kaya lang mababa talaga ang tingin natin sa mga domestic helper aywan ko ba..sila na man ang tumutulong sa atin kaya makpagtrabaho tayo kasi may maiwan sa bahay at mga anak natin…ok lang kung ang napasukan mo ay mabait at maunawain na tao na nagiisip din sa kapakanan mo…papaano na lang yung mga walang awa sa mga katulong na kung tratuhin ay parang hayop…mabuti pa nga minsan ang mga hayop masarap pa ang pagkain???para sa akin lang parang walang silbi pa rin ang batas na ito…matagal na ang mga DH tumangap ng ganoong sahod…ano pa kaya ang bago sa batas na ito…baka may SSS na sila ngayon…health insurance at iba pa….

  • Billy Reyes

    Agree jawaini, how would someone survive for 2,500 pesos a month working full time. If this become a law how would our country could move forward with millions of them working earning 2,500 ??? 

    In the first place we should not accept household helper as a profession this not very humane job, it destroy our pride & if we don’t have pride we are nothing.
    Mahal na Panginoon kung totoo DIYOS ka bakit mo po pinabayaan na ganito ang mangyari sa aking mahal na bansang PILIPINAS.

  • disqusted0fu

    i dont see any reason why Aquino would not sign this bill… unless of course it requires a lot of work. then they should not expect anything from the president. but if they really want this signed, they should keep making noise because Aquino and his administration seem to be very concerned of their image and popularity. they will do what they think will make them even more popular. always in campaign mode.

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