By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Aangat Tayo partylist Rep. Neil Abayon urged yesterday the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) to increase by P1,000 the minimum monthly pay of household service workers.
He said kasambahays deserve a salary raise, citing that the minimum wage increase was given in April 2016 in Calabarzon and in December 2017 in Metro Manila and five other regions.
“Being among the marginalized and disadvantaged in our society, kasambahays justly deserve at least a P1,000 increase in their minimum monthly payments. They also suffered through high inflation in 2018, but did not get any relief,” Abayon said in a statement.
“Pinakamababa ang minimum wage ng mga kasambahay sa Calabarzon kung saan ito ay P1,800 lamang sa maraming munisipalidad. Dito sa Northern Samar at sa ibang bahagi ng Eastern Visayas, P2,000 lang ang minimum, habang sa Metro Manila nasa P3,500,” he noted.
Abayon said he is counting on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to ensure that kasambahays are being “treated with dignity.”
“Aside from minimum wage benefits, DOLE must make sure all households with kasambahays comply with Republic Act 10361 or the Kasambahay Law,” he said.
He even asked the DOLE to ensure that each barangay has a registry of domestic workers as provided for under the law.
“I appeal to the DOLE to work towards an online database of every Registry of Domestic Workers. Each barangay is mandated by law to have the Registry of Domestic Workers. I want the DOLE to level it up by making all the registry data standardized, verifiable, and online,” Abayon said.
He cited the need for DOLE to come up with a modern registry to ensure higher levels of compliance nationwide.
“DepED should have special access to the national database so that it can check on the compliance of employers on giving their kasambahay basic education until graduation from senior high school,” he said.
He also reminded that domestic workers should be enrolled in PhilHealth for their universal health care coverage.
“In the Filipino culture, kasambahays tend to become secondary parents of the children in a family and they perform essential tasks for the family and family home and due to this, I am sure all of us has built a strong bond with one of our kasambahays in our lifetime. For me personally, I consider them as my extended family. So let us give the respect and credit that they deserve,” Abayon said.