DAVAO CITY Feb. 17 (PIA) - A total of 200 local domestic helpers turned out yesterday in the 7th Kasambahay Day in Davao Region at the Ritz Hotel in Barrio Obrero with partner agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI, Social Security System (SSS), Pag-ibig Fund, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Advanced Learning System of the Department of Education, Liga ng mga Barangay, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the San Pedro College.
Househelps were treated with a lively program, sumptuous lunch, manicure, pedicure and free massage and the information about the benefits they ought to receive from their employers while working in urban and rural areas in Davao Region.
Under the Kasambahay Law, domestic workers in Davao City need to receive PHP3,000 monthly plus their enrollment with the SSS, PhilHealth and the Pag-ibig Fund.
The Task Kasambahay was established in Davao Region in 2013.
Ed Monreal, focal person of the Task Kasambahay under the Department of Labor and Employment in Davao Region said that the activity is held annually based on the Republic Act No. 10361 better known as the Domestic Workers' Act or the Kasambahay Law which was passed into law in 2013.
He said that only in Davao Region where Kasambahay Day is celebrated yearly.
"The purpose of the celebration is to unite and to empower all domestic helpers and to convey to them the services they ought to receive from the government like protection from the DOLE, social security from the SSS and Pag-ibig Fund and other services from our partner-agencies," Monreal said.
He said the objective of the Task Kasambahay is to get the corresponding data of all local domestic workers from Davao Region and to establish a Kasambahay Desk in every barangay through the guidance of the DILG where all the househelps must be registered for proper identification and education of their rights as workers. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)