Kasambahay bill: A case study

By Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2010 12:32 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2010 09:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Analyn Acosta has been working for three years as a maid here in Manila.

Every month, she receives P2,500 as salary, which is not enough to support her two sons back in Bacolod.

She complains she does not receive any benefits, and that she even has to wait 3 months to have a day off, which often does not even last a day.

"Tiis lang para sa anak," she says.

Two weeks ago, she finally mustered enough courage to leave her employers and apply in an agency.

There, she is assured of at least P4,000 in salary and benefits.

Not all maids, however, have the luxury of being protected by an agency like Analyn.

According to Diwa party-list Rep. Em Aglipay, most of them are abused and overworked for a low pay.

This is the reason why she chose to revive the Kasambahay Bill in the 15th Congress.

According to the Kasambahay Bill, maids in the National Capital Region will be paid a minimum of P 3,500 monthly.

Those in chartered cities and first-class municipalities will get P3,000, while P2,000 will be pegged in other areas.

They will also be entitled to other benefits like 13th month pay, Social Security System and PhilHealth coverage, as well as 14 days vacation leave per year.

Aglipay is positive that the Kasambahay Bill will be approved in the 15th Congress.

The International Labor Organization’s data in 2004 showed there were at least 2.5 million Filipinos working locally as a domestic helpers, most of them females.