The “kasambahay” ordinance
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The rejection of the proposed Kasambahay ordinance by the Dumaguete City Council was probably due to an oversight of its merits by the honorable members of the city council.
The intent of the ordinance was apparently not fully explored by our councilors so that failed to get the needed votes. The proponent and the non-government organizations that helped draft the ordinance were naturally dismayed by its successive rejections in 2010.
“Kasambahay,” refers to those who work, and often live, in the employer’s residence to take care of the household and its dependent members by performing domestic chores like washing, ironing, buying food and drink, assisting in grocery shopping, cooking and house cleaning.
The aim of the ordinance was to protect such ‘kasambahay” from all forms of physical, psychological, and economic abuses by their employers. It also involves registering domestic staff and their employer with the barangay so their compliance with the ordinance could be monitored.
Lapu-Lapu City was the first local government unit in the country to pass a Kasambahay ordinance in 2007.
There is, however, a move to re-file the ordinance sometime this year or in the first quarter of next year.
It is hoped that the city council will review its merits without suspicions of any hidden political agenda, or consideration of its authorship.*