THE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Region 8 has approved a P500 minimum wage increase for domestic helpers in Eastern Visayas.
This will increase the minimum wage rate in the region to P2,500 per month in chartered cities and first class municipalities; and P2,000 per month in other municipalities.
Eastern Visayas is the fourth region, after Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 4-A, and Region 6, to raise the minimum wage of domestic helpers or kasambahay after Republic Act (RA) 10361, or Batas Kasambahay, took effect on Feb. 10, 2013.
“This is very good news for our domestic workers in Eastern Visayas,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, but added that the National Wages and Productivity Commission, where she is chairperson, is still to review the order.
The new wage order covers all domestic workers in Region 8 whether on a live-in or live-out arrangements, such as general househelp; yaya; cook; gardener; laundry person; or any person who regularly performs domestic work on an occupational basis.
It does not apply, however, to family drivers; children under foster family arrangement; and any other person who performs work occasionally.
Baldoz urged employers to comply with the order and that domestic workers who will not be paid the correct minimum wage can file a complaint before the DOLE Field/Provincial/Regional Office No. VIII.