HOUSE helpers will be treated to a day of fun by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and its partner agencies.

Regional Director Exequiel Ronie 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” is set on January 29 at the Nene Pimentel Hall, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-CAR), North Drive, Baguio City from 8:00 a.m. onwards.

Dole-BBFO Batas Kasambahay focal person Charlotte Yasmin Posadas said 75 household helpers in Baguio will be given a treat, aside from games, the participants can also avail of a free medical and dental services including wellness services such as massage, manicure, pedicure and haircut.

Posadas said a medical and dental services 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).

“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, Pag-IBIG, and Employees Compensation Commission and Occupational Safety and Health, also Tesda and BCSAT courses for kasambahays will be presented” Posadas added.

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, Pag-Ibig, and PhilHealth and entitled to all benefits afforded by these agencies to their members.

Likewise, their counterpart contributions or premiums to these agencies will be shouldered by their employers, except when the domestic helper is receiving not less than P5,000 per month salary where she shoulder her proportionate contributions to these agencies. (Patrick Rillorta/DOLE-CAR)