Got an idea for ‘kasambahay’ law rules? Go online

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz: Online consultation. FILE PHOTO/Jay Morales/Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to conduct an online public consultation for the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10361, also known as the Domestic Workers Act or Batas Kasambahay.

“This is part of our strategy to raise the level of public knowledge on the salient provisions of the law, which aims to provide adequate welfare and social protection to our Filipino household service workers,” said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

She directed the Labor Communications Office, in cooperation with the Bureau of Working Conditions and the Planning Service, to post on the official DOLE website, www.dole.gov.ph, the government’s draft of the IRR.

The Batas Kasambahay section on the website features simplified questions and answers, both in English and Filipino, to ensure that RA 10361 will reach and be understood by a wider audience.

The section also provides a “freedom wall” where the public can leave their queries, comments, suggestions and input regarding the IRR draft on the agency’s designated e-mail addresses.

“We have decided to upload the draft IRR on the Internet to get as many comments as possible, because even some DOLE officials and employees, and members of the media have raised questions on the Batas Kasambahay which need to be addressed and clarified,” Baldoz said.

Face-to-face consultations

“The online posting of the IRR on the Batas Kasambahay will provide the general public a venue to study the IRR and make comments or suggestions on its final version. It will give Filipino netizens a channel to express their views on the landmark document after years of legislative struggle,” she added.

Baldoz emphasized that DOLE’s online solicitation of comments on the IRR was in addition to the nationwide face-to-face group consultations with all stakeholders scheduled for the whole month of April.

Input, support

“We want the public and our partners to get involved in shaping the implementing rules of this social legislation. By doing so, we hope to solicit not only valuable input but also support, which will make the law’s implementation effective and smooth,” she said.

On Jan. 18, President Aquino signed into law the Kasambahay Bill which is expected to benefit over 2.9 million Filipino domestic helpers.

The Batas Kasambahay institutionalizes the provision of a comprehensive package of benefits to Filipino household service workers, including their entitlement to 13th month pay, leaves and benefits such as SSS, Pag-Ibig and PhilHealth.

The law fulfills the country’s obligation to enact a national legislation in compliance with the International Labor Organization’s adoption of Convention No. 189, which sets new international standards for the protection of household helpers.

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  • Not so silent majority

    Our family pays higher than what is required. However, we find that some kasambahay who passes through agencies would just want to be taken from the provinces and when they get to the city, they would show that they don’t want to work. They would give you trouble instead of helping you out. The result is that you would fire them which is what they want.

    Now that there is a law that is beneficial to them, it should go hand in hand that it would benefit the employers as well. The kasambahay’s should be required to have a good moral record for them to continue in this work. Kasambahay’s should have recommendations from their previous employers.

    I know this is the clamor of a lot of employers that are being taken advantaged by some kasambahays.

  • $8278216

    Napa kaganda po ng batas na ito para sa mga kasambahay,hati ang manggagawa at employer sa sss/pag ibig monthly dues at shoulder ng kasambahay ang philhealth w/13 month pay. Obligasyon ng employer na e rehistro bawat kasambahay thru mail para hinde rin maging hasle sa employer lalo na kung walang panahon, thru mail din kung magkano ang monthly dues,kakaltasin ng employer at sya ang magbabayad at ang resebo ang syang magiging katunayan na nagabayad ang meyembro, obligasyon ng employer na ibigay sa kasambahay ang resebo. Parusahan ng mabigat ang employer kapag hinde magbayad kahit sa kabila patuloy nya binabawasan ang kanyang kasambahay.

    • IbigMongSabihin

      napakaganda man kung hindi naman effective ay walang silbi.
      kung alamin mo ang average salary ng average na kasambahay na nakatira sa average na pamilya sa metro manila ay P3,000 per month lang ang kanilang average na sweldo. gustuhin man ng kasambahay na lumipat sa mas mataas na sweldo ay bihira ang opportunity na makahanap. on the other hand, gustuhin man ng average employer na maghanap ng kasambahay na tatanggap ng mas maliit sa P3,000 ay malabo na makahanap ng ganoon.
      sa bagong batas, kung ipagpipilitan ng average na kasambahay ang mga benefits sa bagong batas ay mas maraming average na employer ang hindi maka afford para ibigay ang ganoon. kaya, kung ipipilit na ibigay ang benefits ay papaalisin na lang ang kasambahay. ipalagay na lang na 2 sa bawat 10 employers ang hindi maka afford sa ipinagpipilitang benefits at paalisin ang kanilang kasambahay, that is 20% of the estimated 3,000,000 kasambahay = 600,000 jobless.
      less us reduce to just 1 sa bawat 10, that is 10% = 300,000 jobless na poorest of the poor.

  • boybakal

    This is ridiculous law.
    Even US don’t have Kasambahay or Domestic help law.
    Domestic help is self employed.

    It it is up for them if they want to contribute to SSS or not.

    • tata_boy

      Ano ang maasahan mo sa mga gawa ng mga inutil at ganid na mga senatong at tongressmen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/reymond.mora.5 Reymond Mora

    This law is quite absurd!!.. it’s not that i don’t want our fellow brethren have humane and equal rights, but it seems that only the affluent employers may get to afford to have the help they need. What if we also create a law that equally have the same weight as the burden your currently formulating….
    Maraming kasambahay na abusado din if not thieving scoundrels, even if they were treated right, its like were not enough.. the economic situation due to constant inflation doesn’t give most of you call ” employers” enough room to breathe with all the expenses. Remember the food, lights, water, at times other miscellaneous are also shouldered by the employer… hence your typical verage wage to a help may be 3k may almost be 5 – 6 for their consumption.

    The only law YOU SHOULD CREATE … is equality to provide more HUMANE look to our help, and i believe that should be enough , not with all this predicament.

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