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Legarda to Aquino: Sign ‘kasambahay’ bill now



Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Loren Legarda has reiterated her call on President Aquino to sign the kasambahay  (domestic worker) bill that Congress passed before the end of 2012.

“We only need the President’s signature to make a minimum wage and other rights and privileges a reality for 1.9 million domestic workers in the country, most of whom are women,” Legarda said.

Legarda cited a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) which showed that househelp in the Philippines were among the most overworked workers in the world.

The report said Filipino domestics toiled beyond the globally accepted statutory limit on weekly working hours which is 48.

“The oppression of household workers happens all over the world. We should take the lead and prove that reversing this situation can be done,” Legarda said.

According to the ILO report, Filipino househelp also receive meager pay, at a national average that is 43.8 percent of the income of regular workers.

“It is imperative that we treat our kasambahay as workers, not servants,” Legarda said.

Legarda was one of the principal authors of the kasambahay bill, which was ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives in November and has been pending in Malacañang since.

Legarda said the January ILO report entitled “Domestic Workers Across the World” showed that househelp in the Philippines worked 52 hours a week in 2010, the seventh longest work hours among 39 countries with available data.


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Tags: Benigno Aquino , Kasambahay Bill , Labor , Laws , Legislation , Loren Legarda , Senate , Women


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QEBZAEXLJPPHJDR5SKCUG3JXAA Andrea

    Yes, Mr. President. Please sign the bill now! :) This will actually change the lives of our kasambahay in and out the country.

  • miiimiiiiiing

    …..Medyo matagal tagal na din itong nakatengga mang Noy noy. Tapos na po ang bakasyon. Pirma niyo nalang po ang kulang di ne….. Miiimmmiiing!!!…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EYCNW6AKJQUQU46TKRMMUSUEU Karen

    “It is imperative that we treat our kasambahay as workers, not servants,”

    — ito ang gusto ko kay Senator Loren Legarda! Dapat ganito ang tularan ng mga senators!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6DKQHQJVN6A6AMKBY6426FTHYQ Vanessa

      Yep, and since most of our kasambahays are women, she does her best to urge the president to sign this immediately. A true hero and protector of women!

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      yang plastik na trapo na yan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6DKQHQJVN6A6AMKBY6426FTHYQ Vanessa

    I’m pretty excited for this to be signed by our president. This will raise our household workers minimum wage and priviledges. For sure they’ll be happy once it’s passed. Congratulations in advance ms Loren for a job well done. 

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      raise wages? no! they will be laid off because the amo will not be able to pay them that much. From the frying pan into the fire.

      Buti lang sa nakatambay, pumasok silang kasambahay at tinanggap naman sila para matulungan. Halos wala rin silang ginagawa sa maghapon kundi bantayan ang bahay, libre kain pa, at pasyal kung kailan nila kailangan. Walang unpaid absences. Wala naman silang ibang alam gawin.

      With this law, off you go kasambahay!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

        In addition to this, this also runs counter to the empowerment of women in our economy. This will force many working mothers to choose between keeping a house help and her job, and taking care of her kids esp if they’re living in MM area where prescribed minimum wage is the highest. And if she can’t afford to keep the house help, she will have to let go of her maid and her own job – for her kids.

  • Philcruz

     “It is imperative that we treat our kasambahay as workers, not servants,” – Legarda.

    I like this.

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      some people would prefer to be servants without offense…. those people who never got far in schooling, and those who would not like the rigors of work throughout the day.

      maraming mawawalan ng trabaho. If they had skills, they will not work as kasambahay…. those who have no skills….they will lose their work.

      kasambahay is part of the filipino culture. bakit may pinipilit ba? It should be an informal employment without legal entanglements.

  • basilionisisa

    I wonder if Sen Legarda and the other senators and congressmen READ and CONSIDERED any of the good comments and suggestions that were WRITTEN PREVIOUSLY by concerned citizens whenever news on this Bill always came out. I hope some of those comments are reflected in the deliberated version. (if not, there is a silent majority that will be affected.)

    I hope the President will STUDY this Bill very carefully and CONSIDERATELY for the sake of BOTH the ‘katulong’ and the ‘amo’, not just to cater for political correctness and pander votes from gullible voters. Please, Mr President!

  • Taiko_Kauna

    i hope her interest is not with the 1.9 million votes. Jinggoy and loren and the rest of the senators will not be affected by this law, their bottomless ‘pork barrel’ can easily take care of it, peanuts yan!  The CD bracket will have to start washing their own dishes and clothes, etc; anyway these are ordinary duties, but the kasambahay population will have an ‘employment’ problem. Take your pick…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Hernandez/100001326302694 Paolo Hernandez

    PUBLICITY STUNT na naman ni Legarda!

    DONT VOTE Legarda!
    DONT VOTE TRAPO!

    Support Good governance Movement!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFCWI7BMCPWFGFLIZLV44EXO2Q Mae

      I dont think so sir, last year pa po nila inaayos ito for the kasambahays. Madalas po kasi naghahanap lang tayo ng butas natin or pwede mahanap na sisihin sa hindi pagunlad natin kaya ayan, ang mga pulitiko ang una nating tinatarget.. NEVER tayo magkakaroon po ng good governance kung walang good citizens.

  • Sumintao

    as a businessman, i’m quite impressed by this administration… just feel that legarda is insinuating something more than she’s saying.   tnx mr. president…

  • mangdomeng

    these “kasambahays” currently employed in middle class families will lose their job once this bill is passed, since their employers will not afford their salaries and other benefits anymore. 

    wala na silang mapapasukang trabaho nito, except meron pang opening sila Legarda at Jinggoy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZVS4MKYAHNFS6TCFBFGRZNIIGQ Nueva

       correct ang talino nila noh bubaaa hahaha

    • m1ghtym0use

      KOREK. PERO PAREKOY SA PALAGAY MO SINO MAS MAY KAILANGAN NG TULONG? YUNG MIDDLE CLASS OR SILANG MAS MABABA PA SA KALAHATI LANG NG SINESWELDO NIYO?

      • mangdomeng

        Walang pagtatalo na kelangan ng mga kasambahay ang mas mataas na sweldo para umunlad sila, at naiintindihan ko kung ano ang point mo. Ang point ko lang, kung maaaprubahan ito eh magkakaroon ng tanggalan sa trabaho, especially yung mga kasambahay na hindi na kayang paswelduhin ng kanilang middle class na amo. So sino ang naging mas kawawa, ang amo na nawalan ng kasambahay o ang kasambahay na nawalan ng trabaho?

        Pareho lang ang sitwasyon ng ibang mga manggagawa na humihingi ng mas mataas na sahod sa mga employer nila, pero di mabigyan dahil walang kakayanan ang kumpanya na pataasin ang binibigay na sweldo dahil sa malulugi ang kumpanya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZVS4MKYAHNFS6TCFBFGRZNIIGQ Nueva

    pano ka kukuha ng katulong kung ang sweldo din ng professional ay close to minimum this will encourage not to study anymore mag maid na lang tayo anyway same salary libre pa eat and soap and shampoo pati perfume ng amo pag wala

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Loren will be happy to get you when you are ready to apply.

    • m1ghtym0use

      TAKOT KALANG NA MAS YUMAMAN SILA SAYO. TUMAYO KA DYAN SA KINAUUPUAN MO AT MAGTRABAHO KANA DIN. KUNG SA SIPAG LANG AT BIGAT NG TRABAHO WALA KANG SINABI SA GINAGAWA NILA.

  • Tonypogi

    There are a lot of positive and negative aspects of this bill. The best that can happen is “selective enforcement.”  Not everything in the bill can be enforced. For one, the employer cannot sue a dismissed kasambahay even if he/she still has an outstanding loan. Thus employers, will refuse to provide a loan or  advance pay to a kasambahay even if it is really needed due to an emergency.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZVS4MKYAHNFS6TCFBFGRZNIIGQ Nueva

    ilan ba sa mga ka ofcmates nyo ang may helper diba kahit hirap we have sometimes one or two pa pero ang swedo 20k lang to take care of kids and household chores wala kasi choice d naman pwede d mag work pag minimum na ung isang helper mo wag na din tayo mag work hahaah pero kung kasing yaman ako ni jinggoy unggy and loren angaranaman get ako kahit ilang helpers anyway may bibigay naman si manong johtnny hahaha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFCWI7BMCPWFGFLIZLV44EXO2Q Mae

      So against ka na tumaas yung sahod ng helpers natin? Wala silang karapatan?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    “It is imperative that we treat our kasambahay as workers, not servants,” Legarda said.

    As defined by dictionary:

    serv·ant  [sur-vuh nt]  noun

    1. a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties.
    2. a person in the service of another.
    3. a person employed by the government: a public servant.

    What is wrong with the word “servant”? The Senator is a public servant and the Archbishop is a servant of God.

  • 0pinion8Ted

    It’s near election time and as expected these trapos will do everything for pogi points to impress our voters to vote for them, after they are elected, back to the same old music. Tama na, matalino na ang karamihan sa mga botante kaya, trapos should be walked to the exit door this coming election. 

    Damakmak nga ang mga kasambahay ng mga trapong ito at hindi naman problema ang pambayad sa kanila, ngunit papaano naman ang mga b,c,d income families that mostly hire these unskilled people.  

    Ang mga prebilehiyong gustong igawad sa kasambahay nitong trapong plastik na senadora at macho kunong senador ay parang kulang na lang ay ampunin mo na sila. Ang maling akala nitong mga trapo ay kinakawawa ang mga kasambahay, kung isa-isahin mo lang, ang karamihan sa mga kasambahay ay gumagawa ng mga kagaguhan tuwing wala ang kanilang mga amo. Kung matuloy na maging batas ito, pagpipiyestahan nila ang mga amo nila.

    Kung mangyari ang ganito, maaring gawin ay huwag ng kumuha ng kasambahay at sa halip na budget na ipapambayad na sahod ay mag installment na lang ng washing machine, dishwasher at umupa ng  lingguhang planstadora. Matuto magluto o kaya ay magparasyon ng ulam na lang, sa gayon walang sakit ng ulo at magkaroon ka pa ng peace of mind, magiging healthy ka pa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    The senator should call spade a spade. There is nothing wrong or degrading with the word “servants” and by trying to beautify and substitute it with the word “workers’ will just make it worst.

    There are “slave” workers, “sex” workers, etc….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

    Just my honest assessment of the bill: 

    The bill has noble intentions, but in most common cases impractical and will put a lot of house helps and working mothers at risk of losing their job.

    The problem of having rich senators to craft laws to apply on this poor country’s citizens is that they think majority of the people is as financially capable as them.

    I just hope that at its present form, the president will use his veto power on it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Wrong. They are after those extra votes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Hernandez/100001326302694 Paolo Hernandez

    PUBLICITY STUNT na naman ni Legarda!

    DONT VOTE Legarda!
    DONT VOTE TRAPO!

    Support Good governance Movement!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EGIR42ZP2WMEKXCJY2J7LCDIBU Amie

    The kasambahay bill should incorporate provisions that professionalize the domestic help industry. At a minimum, the issuance of certificates … like those issued by TESDA to skilled workers attesting to technical qualifications.  Government should set labor standards for kasambahays just like those of other blue collar workers in their respective industries.  Increase in income should be based on merit and productivity. Also, the government should provide the domestic helpers the same benefits it provide for overseas foreign workers.

  • Your_King

    Slow down Legarda…maybe you are forgetting who you are dealing with. This is President Aquino who only does things at his own pace and only does what he wants when he wants regardless if something is better for the nation. It’s all about Aquino and the Philippines dealing with his moods and personal desires. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFCWI7BMCPWFGFLIZLV44EXO2Q Mae

    I can’t believe that people here looks at this at a ‘political’ angle. PLEASE don’t tell me na wala sila reason para tumaas ang sahod nila? Iniisip natin na mahihirapan yung mga middle class? e pano na sila na below minimum ang kinikita? kayo naman mga kuya,

    • CarlosAcantillado

      nagulat din ako na maraming may ayaw dito pala. naku mga kaibigan, bigyan natin sana yung mga helpers natin ng chance umunlad. Yung pinoprotektahan niyo nga naman yung middle class. :) unahin natn yung mga mahirap.

  • CarlosAcantillado

    I’m actually in favor of this bill too. If this will help our kasambahays here and internationally then why not? :) Naghahangad din ng konting ginhawa sila. And they deserve it.

  • MonGaspar

    matutuwa mga kasambahay natin pag napirmahan na ni presidente ito. sana ipasa na sa lalong madaling panahon. pasalamat kau kay Loren dito ha? 

  • ClaudineBeretta

    Sakto lang sinasahod ko pero okay lang din na itaas sweldo nila. Wala naman tayo mapapagkatiwalaan kundi sila din. sapat lang na ginawa ng govt to. No objections at all ako.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQD3I42NN5GHFYN25Q7YYVD6Q4 Paul

      Tama ka diyan Claudine Baretto. Kumusta si Raymart? hahaha

    • TylerZO

      Good point mam.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A3B5B7CAS25M3OSQSEBXPKDEIU zafirol

    Sign , sign , now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQD3I42NN5GHFYN25Q7YYVD6Q4 Paul

    Sir Noy noy, pirmahan niyo na po para matuwa na ang ating mga kasambahays. Last year p po nila hinihintay ito.

  • DanielMarquez

    Gotta give it to Estrada & Loren for their effort in helping the domestic workers. Let’s pray that this gets signed next week.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

    Hindi ako galing sa mayaman na pamilya at may mga kamag anak din ako na namasukan bilang ksambahay sa maynila. Kung sa papel lang ay ikakatuwa ko na ipatupad ang batas na ito, ang nakaklungkot lang ay iba sa totoong buhay..

    Isang pinsan ko ang ng aalaga ng matanda sa manila, di kalakihan ang sahod pero libre naman lahat at minsan may off. Hindi mayaman ang pamilyang kmuha sa kanya kaya minsan ay nadedelay ang sahod, pro dahil sa tinuring na siyang pamilya inuunawa nya rin ang mga pagkakataong ganito dahil napalapit na rin ang loob nya sa pamilyang ito.

    Naiisip ko lang ngayon, ano kaya mangyayari kay pinsan kapag ipinatupad na ang batas na ito? Mdadagdagan kaya ang sahod at off nya? mgkakaroon ng PH at SSS?….O mawawalan sya ng trabaho?

    Sigurado ako na hindi lang ang pinsan ko ang nasa ganitong sitwasyon.. Karamihan sa atin ay kumukuha ng kasambahay dahil sa pangangailangan, hindi dahil sa katamaran lang. Maraming mag asawa ang kinukuha ang lola para mag alaga ng apo, kung hindi naman ay iniiwan ang kanilang mga anak sa probinsya para pareho silang makapagtrabaho, pangalawa sa huling pagpipilian nila ang kumuha ng yaya…

    2M ang sinasabing bilang ng mga kasambahay na maapektuhan. Alam kaya ng mga mambabatas kung ilang porsiyento dito ang may kakayahan ang among ibigay ang lahat ng benepisyong sinasaad sa batas na ito?

    Sa bansang kagaya ng UAE, mhirap para sa mga mag asawang pinoy at maging ibang lahi na nasa middle class ang kumuha ng katulong. Ang nangyayari, nagiging sideline na lang ang pagiging yaya, ang pglinis ng mga kwarto at kubeta – walang contrata, walang obligasyon. Nakikinita ko na ganito rin ang mangyayari sa pinas kapag ipinatupad ang batas na ito. Maaring may bahagi ng 2M ang papalarin, ngunit malaking bahagi ang mawawalang ng trabaho, lalo yung mga galing probinsya.

  • TylerZO

    Nice! Sana talaga ipasa na ito, Marami ang umaasa dito at pasa sa pagasenso naman ito ng mga kasambahay natin e. astig!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SUUHGTSDLMAWPVO6FR3ZIAV6DQ Jewel

      Sa tinagal din na panahon ngayon lang yung chance na tumaas ang kanilang mga sweldo.

    • joegaga

      Oo, madaming umaasa sa kanila at isa pa, yang mga kasamabahay may mga pamilya ding sinusuportahan sa kanikanilang probinsya. Hayaan na natin sila makaangat kahit paano.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SUUHGTSDLMAWPVO6FR3ZIAV6DQ Jewel

    Lately ko lang narinig ito but gusto sanang maipasa ito dahil mukhang beneficial ito for the household workers. Isa kasi sila sa mga hindi natataasan ang sweldo kaya sakto lang na taasan na natin ngayon.

  • joegaga

    okay ‘to ha. sa mahabang panahon at least nabigyang pansin na ng gobyerno natin ang ating mga kasambahay. konting tiis nalang at aaprubahan na din pala ‘to.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XKJOFX5OP2765EGTA6CXLUSQZM Run High

    Antiquenos are hoping that Senator Loren Legarda will serve as a leader of the Province of Antique before she will retire from politics.



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