Last pub­lic hear­ing on ‘kasam­ba­hay’ wage hike set in Ba­colod City to­day

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

THE Re­gional Tri­par­tite Wages and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Board (RTWPB) in Western Visayas is con­duct­ing to­day the last of the two pub­lic hear­ings on the pro­posed wage in­crease for do­mes­tic work­ers or “kasam­ba­hays” in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

Wen­nie San­cho, la­bor rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the RTWPB in Re­gion 6, said the pub­lic hear­ing at the Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (Dole) Pro­vin­cial Field Of­fice in Ba­colod City is in­tended for the Wage Board to gather sen­ti­ments, whether sup­port or op­po­si­tions, from stake- hold­ers in the prov­ince.

San­cho said that dur­ing the first pub­lic hear­ing con­ducted in Iloilo City on Tues­day, there were those who raised for a P500 monthly in­crease.

Some ob­jected and moved to put un­der sta­tus quo the pro­posal to in­crease the salary of do­mes­tic work­ers in the re­gion, he said.

“The Board will just have to lis­ten to the sen­ti­ments of the stake­hold­ers. If there are po­si­tion papers, they can sub­mit it dur­ing the hear­ing,” San­cho said, adding that RTWPB-6 has yet to de­lib­er­ate the re­sults of the two pub­lic hear­ings.

Em­ploy­ers, do­mes­tic work­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous groups in­clud­ing the Voice of the Free, for­merly the Visayan Fo­rum, are ex­pected to at­tend the pub­lic hear­ing.

Wage Or­der No. 2, which al­ready lapsed last De­cem­ber 8, pre­scribed a min­i­mum wage rate of P3,500 per month for do­mes­tic work­ers in the re­gion.

The or­der re­moved the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of “kasam­ba­hays” as all are re­ceiv­ing the same wage rate re­gard­less of whether they are work­ing in cities or dif­fer­ent classes of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

It re­placed the pre­vi­ous Wage Or­der where do­mes­tic work­ers in cities and first class mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are pre­scribed to re­ceive P2,500 per month while those in other towns are en­ti­tled to have P2,000.

This means that salary of do­mes­tic work­ers in cities and first class mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pre­vi­ously in­creased by P1,000 per month. Those in other towns was P1,500.

With the new pro­posal, in­crease will range from P800 to P1,000 per month. Once ap­proved, all “kasam­ba­hays” are en­ti­tled to re­ceive a monthly wage

of up to P4,500.

“The la­bor sec­tor will stand up for the ap­proval of the P1,000 in­crease,” San­cho, also the sec­re­tary gen­eral of Gen­eral Al­liance of Work­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Gawa), ear­lier said.

More­over, un­der the ex­ist­ing Wage Or­der, with­hold­ing and in­ter­fer­ence in the dis­posal of wages of the do­mes­tic work­ers are de­clared un­law­ful and shall be pun­ish­able.

Fine is at least P10,000 but not more than P40,000 with­out prej­u­dice to the fil­ing of the ap­pro­pri­ate civil or crim­i­nal ac­tion by the ag­grieved party.

The or­der ap­plies to all do­mes­tic work­ers, whether on a live-in or live-out ar­range­ment, such as but not lim­ited to gen­eral house­help, “yaya,” cook, gar­dener, laun­dry per­son, and any per­son who reg­u­larly per­forms work in one house­hold on an oc­cu­pa­tional ba­sis.

It does not cover ser­vice providers, fam­ily driv­ers, chil­dren un­der fos­ter fam­ily ar­range­ment, and any other per­son who per­forms work oc­ca­sion­ally or spo­rad­i­cally and not on oc­cu­pa­tional ba­sis./epn

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