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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 10, 2019
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RTWPB 6 to finalize
wage hike hearings


The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Western Visayas will convene today in Iloilo to finalize the series of public hearings and consultations for the proposed increase in the salary of kasambahays or household workers in the region.

RTWPB 6 labor representative Wennie Sancho yesterday said there is a need to push for a wage increase, with the drastic effects of inflation that affects all.

Sancho, who is also the secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Association-Negros Island (GAWA), said there is a proposal to increase the salary of household workers by P1,000 a month, or from P3,500 to P4,500.

The current minimum wage for domestic workers is stipulated under Wage Order No. 2.

Sancho said this salary rate is too low, given that most of the kasambahays have families that depend on them, for house expenses or for the educational needs of relatives or children.

They are also considered formal workers, based on Republic Act 10361, or the Kasambahay Law, he added.

The series of consultation and hearings might start in the last week of January in Bacolod, to be followed by similar activities in Iloilo and Antique, Sancho said, adding it will be followed by two public hearings.

Apart from setting the schedule of public consultations and hearings, Sancho also said he might raise a concern to the board about the non-establishment of “Kasambahay Desks” in local government units in the region, including Negros Occidental.

The establishment of kasambahay desks is mandated under RA 10361 and it should serve as a help desk for domestic workers to get assistance and where they can report any form of violation of their rights, Sancho said.

The Department of Labor and Employment should order LGUs to establish the desk to ensure the welfare of kasambahays, and for their concerns to be heard and addressed, he added.*


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