Senate ratifies Kasambahay bill



Senate labor chairman Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate ratified on Tuesday the “Kasambahay” bill, which sets the monthly minimum wages of domestic workers at P2,500 for those working in the National Capital Region.

The move came just a day after the House of Representatives ratified the measure.

Senate Pro-Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, chairman of the  Senate committee on labor, employment, said  the measure will now be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III for signature.

“I feel relieved,” Estrada said over the phone after  the bill was ratified on the floor.

But the senator said the measure would not be immediately implemented this year  because the  President has yet to sign it and it must be published first on national newspapers.

Under the bill, househelpers working in chartered cities and first-class municipalities will receive a minimum wage of P2,000 and P1, 500 for those in other municipalities.

Vice President Jejomar Binay lauded the impending enactment of the bill into law, saying “it was a major step in giving dignity and respect for some 1.9 million household workers.”

“The Kasambahay Bill sets standards for the protection of household workers that are consistent with international standards. It gives our household workers the dignity and respect that they deserve,” Binay said in a statement.

Once signed into law, Binay said, household workers can immediately sign up as members of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) and avail themselves of multi-purpose, calamity and housing loans.

The Vice President is also chair of Pag-IBIG Board of Trustees.

As of September this year, Binay said, there were some 1,765 household workers already registered as Pag-IBIG members.

He pointed out an existing law, which requires employers to register their househelps as members of Pag-IBIG and pay a counterpart contribution.

“Under the law, domestic workers earning P1,500 and below shall contribute 1% of their salary, while those earning P1,500 and above, shall contribute 2% of their salary. Their employers are required to contribute 2% as counterpart,” Binay said.

He said househelpers also enjoy the same benefits as any Pag-IBIG member and can even apply for a housing loan of up to P400,000 if they can pay the P2,000 monthly amortization.

“They can also apply for a housing loan of up to P100,000 with a monthly amortization of P500,’ the Vice President added.

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  • observer1356

    [ “Under the law, domestic workers earning P1,500 and below shall
    contribute 1% of their salary, while those earning P1,500 and above,
    shall contribute 2% of their salary. Their employers are required to
    contribute 2% as counterpart,” Binay said. ]

    So, which rule can domestic workers use between “P1,500 AND below” and “P1,500 AND above” – if their salary is EXACTLY P1,500? 

    Is that “AND” (used in either condition), just an oversight in publication or a lapse in the formulation of the law?

  • Meow Ming

    P 2,500? Ang baba naman? Slave wage pa rin yan.

  • Mickey Hiss

    Households will have less domestic workers as a result and those working will be saddled with more work.   More Filipino women will end up working abroad. 

  • malek_abdul

    Mababa ang P2000/month na sahod ng mga kasambahay. Modesty aside my parents’ kasambahays earns P3,500 monthly plus SSS and one day off weekly. My parents live in the province. BTW their kasambahays are entitled to one month vacation with pay plus round trip air ticket to and from Visayas. My parents are not even millionaires. They’re just above average. The sanate could have at least put P3000/month minimum plus benefits para sa kasambahay para naman may silbi ang Kasambahay Bill na iyan.

  • morale_reform

    Sumakay kagad tong si Binay… Typical of a TRAPO!  We still have three long years to think about his desire for presidency.

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    Maid vs Saleslady minsan mas malaki pa napapadalang sweldo ng maid kesa sa nag trabaho sa SM…

    • Ganymede

      Tama! Pag maid walang tax, pag sales lady meron. Pag maid no need for transpo, pag sales lady kaltas mo sa sahod mo ang transpo. Pag maid free breakfast, lunch, merienda, and dinner, pag kay sales lady kaltas pa rin sa sahod ang food. Si maid walang problema sa utilities, si sales lady dapat may allocation ang utilities sa sahod niya. Free ang rent ni maid, kung susuwertehin baka may TV set pa sa kwarto. Si sales lady buwan buwan problema pambayad sa renta. Kung susumahin baka mas mataas pa yun total na nagagastos ng employer para sa maid, kesa ng SM para sa isang sales lady.

  • ksafan0

    Ganito na ba kababa ang tingin ng mga senatong na ito sa mga kasambahay. Ano ba ang aabutin ng 2500? Susmaryosep?

    • Ivanhoe

       Free naman lahat e , pati shampoo nga e libre , minsan pati asawa ng amo

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • im_not_convinced

    wow as if you can still find a helper for 2,500/mo. More importantly, do you think 2,500/mo is enough for their  families to live on?? this will just give the unscrupulous employers a reason to say  “pasalamat ka nga 3,000 ang sweldo mo, 2,500 lang ang minimum rate!”

    in my opinion it should at least be 3,500 as a starting salary with an appropriate increase after 6 months and 13th month pay. ideally employers should pay more though (especially if the helper is “all around”).

    • Ganymede

      Mahirap yan… middle class might no longer afford to have a helper. You don’t see the other overhead cost, like utilities, food, rental, medical, etc. shouldered by the employer. If we sum this up the helper’s cost might be the same wage if not more than those working in the malls – consisdering that some of them even have college degrees.

      • im_not_convinced

        your argument is valid and i respect your opinion, but i believe the people who take care of us and our families deserve more than folks who stand behind counters and bring out shoes for people to try on. it is because of the free accommodations,medical etc. that i don’t push for the actual 6k minimum wage to be applied for all household helpers (only those who can afford it). Just remember though, what you pay is what you get. when an opportunity comes by, they will be tempted to be sales ladies instead.

  • Ivanhoe

    I think the Bill will discourage hiring of domestic helpers ,and in effect , will deny thousand of them the opportunities to work in addition more working mothers will cease working to personally take care of the house rather than hire a helper with cost bigger than her salary . It would be better that the bill should amended to proportionate the salary of the helper with the income of their employers . If the employer is rich , then the helper should receive bigger pay and if the employer is not rich corresponding salary should also be proportionated

  • Karmehlow_An2knee

    May pagkakapareho si Binay and Jinggoy. They are both dark and small. Magdidilim ang Palasyo pag nagkataon. Hehehe!

  • Tarpoline_King

    Binay will run as President in 2016, and his running mate might be Jinggoy Estrada. Dalawang pandak magsasama, ang sagwa!

  • CountmyOpinion

    Ang Kasambahay Bill ba ay Batas ng Kasambahay laban sa Amo? Meron bang Batas ang Amo laban sa Kasambahay?

    Sina Jinggoy ba ilan ang kasambahay? Alam nya ba kung ano ang daily activities ng mga kasambahay nya. Baka magulat sya na mas kayod kalabaw pala ang mga amo kaysa sa mga Kasambahay. Natural lang un, para me ipangpa-sweldo sa kasambahay.

    Sure votes na ba ang 2 milyong Kasambahay na makikinabang sa Batas nya. Hindi lahat ng yan ay nakapagpa-rehistro. Baka naman pag nagpaalam na uuwi ng probinsya ang mga kasambahay para magpa-rehistro para sa election, amo pa ang mag-shoulder ng pamasahe at pocket money nila? Eh yung election registration nga eh government employees na ang nagha-handle di pa nga maayos-ayos me mga ghosts pa din, database pa ng mga katulong, isang mesa lang ang katapat buo na? 

    Kaya nga sila kasambahay eh, hindi sila pwedeng pumantay sa level at kakayahan ng mga empleyadong nakapagtapos sa kolehiyo, bakit kailangan ipantay ang benefits nila sa mga nag-aral ng apat o limang taon sa college? Ibig ba sabihin wag ko na paaralin ang anak ko, mag-kasambahay na lang sya, pwede pa nya ipakulong ang amo nya pag hindi sumunod sa batas?

    Dapat ang pinoproteksyunan ng mga batas natin ay ung mga taxpayer dahil lahat ng pang-pork barrel nila ay sa tax kinukuha. Dapat nga bigyan ng umento o special deduction sa ITR ang mga taxpayer na nag-eemploy ng mga kasambahay dahil sila mismo ay nagpo-provide ng trabaho sa mga walang kakayanan o hindi pwedeng magtrabaho bilang regular na empleyado. 

  • CountmyOpinion

    Ung mga amo nga di na kayang magbayad para sa pansariling SSS, Pag-ibig at Philhealth, paano pa kaya nya iso-shoulder ang para sa Kasambahay?

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