Domestic workers or Kasambahay in Metro Manila may get a monthly pay raise.
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – National Capital Region approved a P1,500 increase in the monthly minimum wage of domestic workers, bringing to ₱5,000 the proposed pay rate.
In an order, the regional wage board said that the suggested minimum wage scheme only applies to any person who does domestic work such as cook, gardener, laundrywoman/man and not to family drivers or “any other person who performs work occasionally.”
Under the new wage order, an employer who withholds the salary of their employees may be ordered to pay a fine of P10,000 to P40,000.
The employer is also required to provide household workers with at least three adequate meals a day, humane sleeping arrangement and medical assistance if needed.
Violator may also be held civilly and criminally liable under Republic Act 10361 or an act instituting policies for the protection and welfare of domestic workers.
Domestic workers had their last wage increase in December 2017 as the National Wages and Productivity Commission raised their monthly wage to ₱3,500 from ₱2,500.
The order of the Metro Manila wage board will still have to be approved by the NWPC.