Household workers down 18.5%

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

THE number of private household workers plunged 18.5 percent in January despite the implementation of a law granting more benefits and protection for them.

Data from the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) show that there are 255,000 kasambahays as of January, down 58,000 from 313,000 kasambahays in January 2013.

Critics of Republic Act 10361 had already warned the government that implementing Republic Act 10361 may result in many households not opting to hire kasambahays over fears of violating the law’s provisions, such as setting standard salaries and requiring employers to shoulder their contribution to the Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and Pag-Ibig Fund.

But for Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, the decline in numbers cannot be attributed to the one-year-old law.

“This should not be readily taken as an effect of the Kasambahay law because a longer period will be needed to determine the regulatory reform’s employment impact,” Baldoz said. (HDT/Sunnex)

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