The Department of Labor and Employment in Western Visayas will hold public consultations for its plan to increase wages of “kasambahays” (househelp) in the region, an official said yesterday.
“DOLE-6 had not received a petition from our kasambahays but this was taken through motupropio,” DOLE-6 director Cyril Ticao said.
The department will hold public consultations in Iloilo City on February 26 and in Bacolod City on February 28.
Ticao urged employers and housemaids to attend the public hearings to voice their concerns.
He said he hopes to implement the increase of wages before May 1.
“We want to provide good news to our housemaids before or on Labor Day,” he said.
Housemaids receive a monthly salary of PHP3,500, as mandated by the wage order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in December 2017.
With the current wage, Ticao said they have received complaints from underpaid housemaids.
With this, he continues to urge the employers to provide their housemaids proper wages and provide them the necessary benefits, such as enrolment in the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-Ibig Fund and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
Meanwhile, Ticao said they also received complaints from employees.
Most of the employees’ complaints range from being underpaid to having rendered overtime duty without pay.
With regard to the compliance of employers on granting wages, the department started its monitoring and inspection in Western Visayas last January 27.
However, Ticao said they will “give more time” to the employers on Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan which was temporary closed for environmental rehabilitation.
“We will give them more time to adjust with the wage but we expect them to comply the soonest time as possible,” Ticao said.*PNA
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