CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Around 150 kasambahays (household helpers) attended the recently concluded Araw ng Kasambahay in three provinces in Central Luzon, the Labor Department reported on Tuesday. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) annually holds this event to recognize the valuable contributions of kasambahays to the families of working parents.
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz that the Araw ng mga Kasambahay was held in the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, and Bataan.
In Bataan, 20 household helpers, along with their employers and Barangay Council members, were oriented on the implementation of R.A. 10361 otherwise known Batas Kasambahay Law at the Multi-purpose Center of Barangay Cupang, Balanga City. The orientation covered important features as well as laws governing the rights and liabilities of both kasambahays and their employers. Also tackled during the open forum were wages, benefits, and other pertinent issues and concerns faced both by kasambahays and their employers.
DOLE Bataan Field Office partnered with the City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Balanga and Barangay Councils of Cupang North, West and Proper, all in Balanga City on this event.
In Pampanga, 75 kasambahays flocked the Trade Hall of SM City Pampanga where a One-Stop-Shop of Government Allied Services such as the SSS, Phil-Health, and Pag-IBIG was available for the kasambahays’ social benefit services.
The DOLE facilitated the registration of kasambahays and would-be kasambahays relative to the “Batas Kasambahay Law.” The DOLE Technical Support and Services Division for Labor Relations and Labor Standards partnered with SM City Pampanga, Couples for Christ – Pampanga’s Building the Church of the Poor Team, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Department of Health for this event.
In Bulacan, 42 household helpers, along with 16 Barangay Training Employment Coordinators, were likewise oriented on the Batas Kasambahay Law at the Municipal Atrium, Barangay Patubig in Marilao town. The orientation highlighted laws covering decent employment and wages, enhanced coverage of social protection, humane treatment and respect for human rights, and strengthened social dialogue.