The President of the Republic of the Philippines, Pres. Benigno Aquino III, has signed into law the Kasambahay Bill, the law is expected to benefit more than 2.5 million domestic helpers in the Philippines.
According to Deputy Malacañang spokesperson Abigael Valte, the Republic Act No. 10361 or “An Act Insituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers,” was signed into law on January 18, 2013.
The Kasambahay Law sets the minimum wage of domestic workers to a minimum of P2,500 a month in the National Capital Region; P2,000 a month in chartered cities and first class municipalities; and P1,500 a month for those employed in other municipalities.
The domestic workers in the Philippines will be entitled also to other social benefits provided under existing laws and to be enrolled in the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and Pag-ibig Fund, with premium payments shouldered by employers if the helpers received a monthly salary below P5,000.