President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law the Kasambahay Bill on January 18, 2013, otherwise known as the Republic Act No. 10361, or “An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers,”.
The statute defines the labor rights of domestic household workers, increases their minimum wage, and provides regular employment benefits. 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 Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards are also mandated to review and adjust the wages of domestic workers as needed after a year of its implementation. Besides standardized pay, domestic workers will be entitled 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 receive a monthly salary below P5,000.