Labor department to disseminate Kasambahay Law

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Friday, June 14, 2013


QUESTIONS on the newly created Kasambahay Law will now be addressed in the provincial level as the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Northern Mindanao deployed desk officers in five provinces in the region.

Dole regional director Johnson Cañete said the desk officers facilitate assistance to the house helpers or their employers during their registration.

Dole will designate a “single-entry approach desk officer” (Seado) who shall act as the Kasambahay Desk Officer in their respective areas as more questions on the implementation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Batas Kasambahay are unavoidable, especially during the first few weeks of its enforcement.

Cañete said the campaign will not only be limited to the desk help but will also extend to the level of the homeowner’s association in their areas.

He said a memorandum will also be issued by Dole instructing provincial desk officers to visit homeowners bringing registration forms and distribute these to them.

“They will be instructed to approach and join the assemblies of these homeowners and distribute the registration forms to be able to create a list of the Kasambahays,” Cañete told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

The distribution of registration forms will also be given to the barangay captains. This will also aid in intensifying the information drive.

Under Administrative Order No. 207, Dole is to designate Kasambahay desk officers in its regional offices.

The officers will handle conciliation if complaints will be raised by a ‘kasambahay’ in the regional level.

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) including the Dole’s Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) and Human Resource Development Service (HRDS) will provide and facilitate trainings for desk officers as specified in the administrative order.

Benefits

Nerissa Ubsuban, 24, has been receiving a P2,000 monthly salary from her employer long before the Kasambahay Law was approved.

Ubsuban said she was already paying her own contributions voluntarily to the Social Security System (SSS) three years ago.

“I will be receiving much-needed benefits once I pay my SSS,” she said, adding that she actually has no knowledge over the Kasambahay Law.

Nueva Jore, who employs a household worker said, now that there is a law, she will also register her house helper in the SSS.

She said she has been paying her house helper P2,000 per month since last year.

In Cagayan de Oro and other highly urbanized cities, employers have to pay their house helpers a minimum of P2,000 per month.

“But if the employers have been generous and have been paying her kasambahay with more than P2,000 the SSS premiums will no longer be shouldered by them,” Cañete said.

Under the IRR, employers who are paying their domestic helpers with P2,000 in highly urbanized cities are required to pay P151.30 as their counterpart to SSS.

Merle Boborol of the accounts management section of SSS in region 10 said house helpers are required to pay P66.70 as their counterpart to their employer’s share.

Boborol said at least eight employers already visited their office and registered their household workers last Saturday.

The SSS will be opened on the four Saturdays of June to accommodate registration of house helpers and their employers.

“So far there are already eight employers who registered their kasambahays and 14 kasambahays who asked for and submitted their E1 application forms,” Boborol said.

Cecil Arevalo, of the Member Services Section of SSS, is also hopeful more will come to register on the last Saturday of June.

President Benigno Aquino III signed the Kasambahay Law in January this year, which took effect after the IRR was released on June 5, 2013.

The law called for benefits and set the minimum wage for some two and a half million domestic helpers in the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 14, 2013.

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