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Regional wage board proposes for ‘kasambahay’ pay increase

TACLOBAN CITY – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-8) of the region’s Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-8) announced the proposed wage increase for  ‘kasambahay’ or domestic helpers in Eastern Visayas.

DOLE Regional Director Yahya Centi, Chairman of the RTWPB-8, said the proposed increase would be from Php 2,500 to Php 4,500 in chartered cities and municipalities, and from Php 2,000 to Php 4,000 in other municipalities. 

Chairman Centi explained that the review of the minimum wage for kasambahay has been long overdue since Kasambahay Wage Order No. 1 was issued in 2016, which set the minimum monthly rate of Php 2,500 for chartered cities and first class municipalities and Php 2,000 for other municipalities. 

“It is high time to revisit the said wage order and to give to the hardworking domestic workers what is due them,” he shared.

He added that the increase is pursuant to Wage Order No. 08-02, which is now with the National Wages and Productivity Commission for further comment and approval.  Once approved, the official shared that the said wage order will be effective 15 days after general publication. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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