DAVAO CITY, Jan 18 (PIA) The Department of Labor and Employment in Davao Region leads partner agencies in formulating assistance to house helpers.
Atty Jeoffrey Suyao, director of the DOLE 11 said the gap between government and the house helpers prompts the creation of a mechanism composed of other partner agencies and other stakeholders aimed to fully implement the Republic Act 10361, otherwise known as the Domestic Workers Act or the Kasambahay Law.
Suyao said through the Tulong Alay Sa mga Kasambahay or Task Kasambahay, the government takes upon itself the responsibility to monitor the implementation of the law.
“We need the basic data to really assess if we do well in our implementation and plan more to provide appropriate assistance to the house helpers,” he said.
Suyao said that the government could hardly identify and determine their exact number in Region 11.
He said given this situation, the government hardly provide needed assistance to them.
“It is the reason why we converge in order to take seriously our respective roles in the implementation of the Kasambahay Law,” Suyao said.
He surmised that the implementation of the Kasambahay Law commemorates its third year anniversary today.
Suyao said the standard salary for Kasambahay in Davao City is pegged at P2,000 being a first class city.
He said that it is the duty of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board to determine if the current salary grade still remains relevant to the prizes of goods and services while the barangay chairs and the Department of Social Welfare and Development monitor alleged abuses inflicted on children.
The Task Kasambahay is composed of the DOLE 11, Philippine Information Agency, Social Security System, Department of Education, Phil-Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Home Mutual Development Fund, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the San Pedro College. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)