With the government advocating to promote the welfare of ‘kasambahays’, the Sangguniang Panlungsod will be requiring punong barangays establish Kasambahay Desk in their barangays tasked to accommodate registration of kasambahays by their employers.

The legislation is in support to the provision of Republic Act No. 10361 otherwise known as Kasambahay Law.

Earlier today, the SP Committee on Labor and Employment chaired by Councilor David Salazar called for a committee meeting to discuss the provisions of the IRR of Kasambahay Law, particularly on Section IX that says, “the punong barangay shall designate a Registration/Kasambahay Desk in the barangay hall to accommodate continuous registration by the employers.”

Attendees to the meeting were the following: Councilor Lalaine Montilla as vice chairperson of the committee, Councilor Remo Flores, Councilor Welson Ferrer, Councilor Lino Ledda, ABC President Amoilo Ortizo, and SK Federation President Ma. Cristina Duadua.

DOLE Provincial Head Mary Jane Hoksuan, CSWD Officer Eufemia Robles, and PESO in charge Allan Freno also attended the committee meeting.

The law defines a kasambahay or domestic worker as “any person engaged in domestic work within an employment relationship, whether live-in or live-out arrangement, such as, but not limited to, general househelp, yaya, cook, gardener, or laundry person.”

Not considered as kasambahays are “service providers, family drivers, children who are under foster family arrangement, or any person who performs domestic work only occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.”

The employer is also mandated by the law to pay for the minimum wage of kasambahays, pay for their 13th month pay, and pay for their SSS, PAG-IBIG and Philhealth premiums among other things.

In February this year, the wage order increasing the monthly minimum wage of a kasambahay to P4,000.00 already took effect. (ASFreno, LGU Information)