FORMER senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada is reminding the public that domestic household workers, commonly known as “kasambahay,” also deserve respect and humane treatment as the country marks the 6th year of the signing into law of Republic Act 10361 or the “Batas Kasambahay.”
Jinggoy, who is now seeking re-election in the coming May 13 elections, is the principal author of the bill that codifies the rights and privileges of local domestic workers and which was signed into law by Pres. Noynoy Aquino on January 18, 2013.
“Today’s celebration of ‘Araw ng mga Kasambahay’ is a rare moment accorded to the often overlooked and undervalued sector of our society. In this special day, we honor their dedicated service,” added Jinggoy.
Jinggoy also urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to take advantage of the occasion to disseminate information about the importance and salient provisions of the Batas Kasambahay, including the prescribed minimum wage rates, their rights and privileges, and proper employment terms and conditions due them.
RA 10361 prescribes the minimum wage of domestic workers at P2,500 in the National Capital Region (NCR), P2,000 in chartered cities and first class municipalities, and P1,500 for other municipalities. They are also entitled to receive 13th month pay.
They shall also be covered by the Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth and PAG-IBIG.
It also states that household workers are entitled to a daily rest period of 8 hours a day, one day off per week, and for those who have rendered at least 1 year of service, 5 days annual service incentive leave with pay.
Further, domestic workers’ rights include protection against physical violence, harassment, and any kind of abuse; freedom from employer’s interference in wage disposal; provision of adequate meals, humane sleeping arrangement and medical attendance; right to privacy; right to access to outside communication; and right to access to education and training.