Household workers’ P2-K pay hike takes effect in E. Visayas

Domestic workers in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) will start receiving the PHP2,000 adjusted monthly salary with the new wage order taking effect on January 1 this year.

Yahya Centi, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 8 director and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) chair, said in an interview that household workers in cities and first-class towns in the region are now entitled to a monthly minimum wage of PHP4,500, while those in other towns will get PHP4,000.

Centi said the regional wage body issued the new wage order after a thorough evaluation and review process, taking into consideration the needs of the domestic workers, the employers' capability to pay, and the prevailing socio-economic condition in Eastern Visayas.

The RTWPB held a public consultation on Nov. 25, 2019 to gather comments, suggestions, and testimonies from the different stakeholders, which are essential to the decision-making process of the wage rationalization.

The wage order says it applies to all kasambahay, whether on a live-out or live-in arrangement, such as, but not limited to general househelp; baby-sitter; cook; gardener; laundry person; and any person who regularly performs domestic work in one household on an occupational basis, Centi said.

The board clarified that the wage order does not cover service providers, family drivers, children under a foster family arrangement, and any other person who performs work occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.

The RTWPB is mandated to periodically assess wage rates and conduct continuing studies in the determination of the minimum wage applicable in the region or industry.

The body is composed of six members � three representing the government; two from the workers' sector; and one from the employers' sector.

Source: Philippines News Agency