Wed, 19 Dec 2018
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Manila

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- Domestic workers in the Cagayan Valley Region are now entitled to receive P3,500 monthly minimum rate following the new wage order approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).

Effective Nov. 25, 2018, all "kasambahay" in all cities and municipalities in the region, regardless of income or class, whether on a live-out or live-in arrangement, must receive a salary of not less than P3,500 monthly.

Labor Director Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol said the wage increase was a result of public consultations conducted in the different parts of the region to determine the possibility of adjusting the minimum wage rate of domestic workers.

"Based on our deliberations and public consultations, there is a need to increase the minimum wage rate of our domestic workers for them to cope with the rising cost of living, putting also into consideration the capacity of employers to pay the prescribed wage rate," Mirasol said.

She added that all domestic workers are entitled to insurance benefits such as enrolment in the Social Security System, Pag-Ibig Fund and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

Mirasol also urged Local Government Units to help in the registration of all domestic workers as mandated by the law.

"We accept complaints from the Kasambahays. Please report to us any violation of this wage order or the Kasambahay law. We give you assurance that we will entertain and help you," Mirasol said in one of the episodes of the Tipon-Tipan sa PIA-2.

She also reminded that the law specified that employer shall provide basic necessities of domestic workers to include at least three adequate meals a day and humane sleeping arrangement that ensure their safety.

"The employer shall also provide appropriate rest and assistance to the domestic worker in case of illness and injuries sustained during service without loss of benefits," the director added. (ALM/OTB/PIA-2 Cagayan)

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