PNoy signs Kasambahay bill into law


Posted at Jan 23 2013 04:17 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 12:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has signed into law the Kasambahay bill for domestic workers.

In a text message, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte confirmed that President Aquino signed Republic Act 10361 or "An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers" last January 18, 2013.

"A copy will be uploaded on the Official Gazette shortly. The law will take effect 15 days after its publication in the print version of the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation," she said.

Under the law, the minimum wage of domestic workers is P2,500 a month for those employed in the National Capital Region; P2,000 a month for those employed in chartered cities and first class municipalities; and P1,500 a month for those employed in other municipalities.

Also, under the bill, employers are mandated to enter into a contract with domestic workers, and to register the name of domestic workers in the barangay. Employers are further required to pay wages of domestic workers in cash, and to provide pay slips to their household help.

They are also required to register their household helpers as members of SSS, Pag-IBIG, and Philhealth.