Domestic workers

DILG pushes registration of domestic workers

ALL 42,046 barangays or villages in the country have been urged by the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) to institute a registration system for kasambahay or domestic workers and ensure that employers respect the rights fundamentals of helpers as members of the labor force.

The order from DILG secretary Eduardo Año came as a result of low turnout.

He said that only 3,359 of the country’s more than 42,000 villages had registered their kasambahay, an indication of non-compliance with the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 10361 or the “Domestic Workers Act” or ” Batas Kasambahay”.

“There is more work to do in the barangay imploring better participation in kasambahay registration only. We are asking our punong barangay (PB or village presidents) to be more proactive in establishing a registration system for our helpers because it is essential to ensure that they have the full protection of the law,” Año told media on Tuesday.

“With the care and services they (kasambahay) provide to households, especially parents and their children, domestic workers deserve safe and healthy working conditions,” he said.

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Bicol region, according to Ano, had the highest number of villages that were able to institute kasambahay registration with 627, followed by Western Visayas with 584 and Eastern Visayas with 499.

Most regions have registered fewer than 200 villages.

Año said that the BPs must preserve the well-being of the kasambahay and protect them against all kinds of abuse and economic exploitation by strengthening the implementation of Batas Kasambahay and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

Under the IRR of RA 10361 or the “An Act establishing policies for the protection and welfare of domestic workers”, barangay chairmen will be responsible for the Kasambahay register in their jurisdiction, with each employer registering the kasambahay under his employ in the barangay of his residence.

The employer must also register the kasambahay with the social security system, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG.

“Our PBs and barangay leaders are integral to realizing the full effect of Batas Kasambahay in communities. Because registration is crucial for kasambahay to receive government-mandated benefits, we need the cooperation of our LGUs (local government units) to ensure employers are acting in accordance with our decree,” Año said.

He added that the PBs must also update their respective Kasambahay Barangay registers, establish the Kasambahay office, appoint a Kasambahay office manager, issue ordinances to implement the law and post the organizational chart of the Barangay Kasambahay in the premises of the barangay.

The head of DILG said that all mayors must ensure that PBs adhere to the law and DILG policies on kasambahay registration.

Mayors must also monitor and ensure the compliance of their respective public employment service offices with the consolidation of kasambahay-related reports and the subsequent submission of these to the Ministry of Labor and Employment, a copy provided to the offices outside the LGUs.

The DILG-National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) said that 32,902 kasambahay were registered nationwide with 28,149 villages establishing their Kasambahay office and 28,074 villages with designated Kasambahay office agents, as of June 7, 2022.