BAGUIO CITY - House helpers or “kasambahays” were treated with a day of fun, laughter, knowledge and services by the Department of Labor and Employment and its partner agencies.
Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said Republic Act 10361 popularly known as the Domestic Workers Act or “Batas Kasambahay” protects the rights of a house helpers or “kasambahays”. This law strengthens respect, protection, and promotion of the rights and welfare of domestic workers.
“The “Araw ng Kasambahay” celebration was conducted at the Nene Pimentel Hall, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-CAR), North Drive, Baguio City last January 29, 2017 from 8:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon and several activities were conducted by DOLE-CAR, PESO Baguio, the RTWPB, SSS, PhilHealth, DILG, PagIbig, TESDA and other partners from the private sector.” Guzman added.
Meanwhile, DOLE-BBFO Batas Kasambahay focal person Charlotte Yasmin Posadas said about 75 household helpers in Baguio were given a special treat, aside from fun games. The participants were provided with free medical and dental services including wellness services courtesy of TESDA-CAR and the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade (BCSAT) such as free massage, manicure, pedicure and haircut.
Posadas said that a medical and dental services was is in partnership with the doctors from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) and the Philippine Dental Association - Baguio Chapter while the wellness services is in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA-CAR) and the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade (BCSBT).
As part of the activity, an orientation on the new regional minimum for kasambahay in the Cordilleras as well as on related programs and services of the Social Security Service, PhilHealth, PagIBIG, and Employees Compensation Commission and Occupational Safety and Health, also TESDA and BCSAT courses for kasambahays was presented.
Republic Act 10361 or the Batas Kasambahay was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III on Jan. 18, 2013 which instituted policies for the protection and welfare of domestic workers that include general household help, yaya, cook, gardener, and laundry person.
Today, domestic workers enjoy 13th month pay and rest day. It is also mandatory for domestic workers to become members of the SSS, PagIBIG, and PhilHealth and therefore entitled to all benefits afforded by these agencies to their members. Likewise, their counterpart contributions or premiums to these agencies shall be shouldered by their employers, except when the domestic helper is receiving not less than P5,000.00 per month salary that she shall shoulder her proportionate contributions to these agencies./
END/Patrick T Rillorta with reports from Gledmore Gonzales.