DOLE-Calabarzon agencies brief press on “Kasambahay” implementing rules, regulations

October 1, 2013 10:25 am 

By Saul E. Pa-a

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Sept. 30 (PNA) -– The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Calabarzon office in ooperation with key government implementing agencies hosted a press conference on Monday to explain the implementing rules and regulations on the “Kasambahay” Law at the DOLE conference hall.

Regional officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), SSS, Philhealth and PagIBIG Fund discussed their respective operations enforcing the “Kasambahay” Law or Republic Act 10361 on instituting policies for the protection and welfare of domestic workers or house helps.

Since the promulgation of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) in May 9 this year, both the DOLE and DILG exercise their respective mandates to enforce the law for domestic workers such as general househelp, “yaya” (nursemaid), cook, gardener, laundry person or any person who regularly performs domestic work in one household on an occupational basis.

DOLE regional director in-charge Zenaida Angara-Campita underscored DOLE’s role in enforcing the IRR covering parties to an employment contract written in the dialect for the househelp services whether on live-in or live-out arrangements.

DOLE-Laguna provincial director Milagros Mata also explained that the law provides employment of house helps 15 years old and above provided the minors could work only for 8 hours of service disallowing night shift services from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Mata also said the young domestic workers are also afforded access to education and training and should not be exposed to hazardous work.

DILG Calabarzon official Benjie L. Tamondong also presented updates on the barangay registration of “Kasambahay” where the agency is mandated to issue circular prescribing the standard Registration Form and protocols as guide for the nationwide registration.

Tamondong disclosed initial barangay consolidated “Kasambahay” report from the registrations conducted in the Calabarzon region where a total of 1,682 house helps enlisted as of this September from some 236 barangay registration activities out of the 4,011 total barangays in the region.

She reported that of Batangas’s 1,078 barangays, 98 “kasambahay” registered from some 16 barangays during their initial registration activities.

From Cavite’s 829, only 11 barangays conducted the registration and recorded a low turn-out of 16 domestic workers.

Laguna posted 139 registrants from the 68 barangays that hosted the registration and would complete the total 674 barangays sooner.

Total barangays in Quezon province numbering 1,209 had enlisted some 1,214 “kasambahay” from 128 barangays which launched their registration schedules.

Rizal province recorded 215 domestic workers out of the initial 13 barangay registrations from the total 188 barangays in the province.

The DILG official explained that while the initial or start-up “Kasambahay” registrations in the local government units were reportedly low in July, the DILG ordered the continuous registration in the barangays with the “Kasambahay Desk Officer” to be designated by the village chiefs in their areas.

Barangays are tasked to closely monitor the registration proceedings particularly the preparation of the “Kasambahay” Master List (KR Form No. 2) by the “Kasambahay” Desk Officer of every barangay in their localities.

The “Kasambahay” law’s implementing partner agencies were also represented by Grace R. Velasco of the region’s Social Security System (SSS); Eloisa B. Tagbo of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); and Reden C. Serrano of Pag-IBIG Fund.

The agencies’ representatives each explained the mechanics for membership by the domestic workers and the benefits derived from the social insurance, universal health care and the provident housing funds and loan programs.

DOLE officials explained that the prospective employer requires the domestic worker to submit medical certificate; barangay and police clearance; and duly authenticated birth certificate or any other document as proof for the domestic worker’s age.

The labor department also stressed that the cost in the processing of the required documents shall be borne by the prospective employer. (PNA)

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