Wage increase for
kasambahays in EV takes effect on New Year’s Day
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
January 14, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
DOLE RO VIII Regional Director Yahya A. Centi announced during the
First Flag-Raising Ceremony and Monday program on January 6, 2020
that a new wage order for kasambahays in Eastern Visayas takes
effect on January 1, 2020.
Wage Order No.
RBVIII-DW-02 prescribes an increase of P2000 in the monthly wage
rates of kasambahay workers in Region VIII. For chartered cities and
first class municipalities, the new minimum wage shall now be P4,500
while kasambahays in other municipalities will be having a minimum
wage of P4,000.
Director Centi, who also
chairs the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)
VIII, was happy to inform of the said development. He said that the
amount of increase was a result of the consultation cum public
hearing conducted on November 25, 2019, as well as the current
socio-economic indicators, needs of the domestic workers and their
families and the employer’s capacity to pay.
Director Centi likewise
added that the kasambahay workers deserve the said increase
considering that the previous domestic wage order has not been
reviewed and revisited since its issuance in 2016.
“We are more than happy
that we are able to perform our duty for the good of our kasambahay
workers here in the region. They truly deserve the increase
considering that no adjustment has been made to their wages in the
last three years and yet prices of goods have been increasing”, said
The new wage order shall
apply to the following domestic workers in the region whether on a
live-in or live-out arrangements: general househelp, yaya, cook,
gardener, laundry person or any person who regularly performs
domestic work in one household on an occupational basis.
providers, family drivers, children under foster family arrangements
and any other person who performs work occasionally or sporadically
are not covered under the said wage order.
The new domestic wage
order was approved by the RTWPB VIII last November 25, 2019 and was
published in Leyte Samar Daily Express last December 17, 2019.