Finally, Aquino signs ‘kasambahay’ bill into law



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MANILA, Philippines–After close to two months of waiting, President Benigno Aquino III has finally enacted into law the “Kasambahay Bill” setting a fixed monthly pay of up to P2,500 and more social benefits for close to two million domestic workers.

“We are pleased to confirm that President Aquino signed Republic Act 10361 or An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers last Jan. 18,” said Undersecretary Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson.

Over the last few weeks, some senators and lawmakers have aired the call for the President to sign the measure into law which the Senate and House of Representatives ratified in late November.

The law pegs the minimum wage of domestic workers in Metro Manila at P2,500, in chartered cities and first-class municipalities at P2,000 and other municipalities at P1,500.

The law says that this should be paid in cash directly to the worker once a month, and not by promissory notes, vouchers, coupons, tokens, tickets or chits. It entitles the worker to a 13th month pay.

After a year of service, a worker is entitled to an incentive leave of five days with pay.

But after a month of service, the worker shall be covered by the Social Security System, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., and the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG, and shall be entitled to all the benefits.

The employer will shoulder the premium payments or contributions. But if the worker is paid P5,000 and above a month, the worker will pay the proportionate share in the premium payments or contributions.

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  • Platypus09

    This nice but quite shocking to some employers.

    I guess, this is good news to our domestic helpers.

    Do the employers pay taxes and enjoy tax benefits? Are they supposed to register with a government agency for tracking or at least undergo some training as employers?

    Wow, this is interesting.

  • tilamsik

    Do you think this will be implemented?  I doubt of all lawmakers’ kasambahays will even enjoy the benefits.  

  • Platypus09

    There should be more write ups or discussions about this.

    There are questions that go around this law.

    TV networks should elevate this story so everyone will know what it is and what they need to do.

    Actually, capping their salaries is not good, but the benefits are better.

    This is a good start and can be improved when the right time comes.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    di ko na kayang bayaran ang kasambahay ko pag ganito na benefits..ang sipag pa naman nun..3am pa lang hinuhubad n brief ko para labhan

  • ramon_manahan

    Jinggoy Estrada hails signing of Kasambahay bill. Plastic! Paano siya matutuwa e inaabuso nga niya mga katulong niya.

  • clowela_liezel

    Ang minimum na suweldo ng mga katulong o housemaid P2,500. Eto mga
    kasambahay ni Sen. Jinggoy Estrada P2,000 lang. Sobra naman!

  • Guest

    Mas malupit nga Sen. Loren Legarda, iba yung pagkain niya sa pagkain ng
    mga housemaid niya. Malupit ka Senadora!

  • oscar

    Kasambahay Law is a good protection for the kasambahay but what protection can it give to the employer for a kasam bahay that wants to resign but owes the employer money?

  • oscar

    Kasam Bahay Law a very good protection for the Kasam bahay . Pero ano ang protection ng employer sa manga kasam bahay na may utang pero umalis? Ako 2500 to 3000 na ang sweldo ko sa kasam bahay ko wala pa ang bill na yon pero walng protection sa manga kasam bahay na may utang.

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