Insights of Valenzuelanos on certain provisions of the proposed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as the “Domestic Workers Act,” were elicited by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through a consultative meeting held recently at the Valenzuela City Center for the Performing Arts Auditorium.
The Domestic Workers Act or the Batas Kasambahay is a strong affirmation of the state that it is “committed to respect, promote, protect and realize the fundamental principles and rights at work including, but not limited to, abolition of child labor, elimination of all forms of forced labor, discrimination in employment and occupation, and trafficking in persons, especially women and children.”
Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian believes that the Kasambahay Law can uplift the domestic workers from discrimination. “It is about time that we declassify domestic helpers as people of lowly occupation, but rather, think of them as noble people who take care of others’ households when they would love to be with their own families if lives for them are more financially stable.”
DOLE Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Benjo Santos Benavidez, explained the Batas Kasambahay principles to the members of homeowners associations in the city through the presentation of draft of RA 10361 as of March 5, 2013.
Under the law, the Punong Barangay (PB) shall be responsible for the Registry of Domestic Workers within his/her jurisdiction. Pasolo PB Ricar Enriquez believes that, “through the passage of this law, possible abuses or maltreatment can now be avoided since the database of individuals’ whereabouts can help us to immediately intercept unlawful circumstances.”
The town hall consultation organized by the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) was joined in full force by the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and Social Security System (SSS), which are major service providers of social benefits in the country.