President Benigno Aquino has signed Republic Act 10361 or the so-called Kasambahay Bill, into law - The Domestic Workers Act or Batas Kasambahay..
The law sets a minimum monthly pay of P2,500 for domestic workers in Metro Manila, P2,000 pesos in chartered cities and first-class municipalities, and P1,500 in other municipalities.
Aside from the minimum wage, household domestic workers will also be entitled to social benefits such as enrollment to the Social Security System, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG funds.
Senators and lawmakers had urged the President to sign the measure into law as it has already been ratified by both houses of Congress in late November.
A copy of the law has been posted at the website of the Official Gazette - Domestic Workers Act.
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