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Philippines: The House of Representatives approves 'Kasambahay Bill'

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by IDWFED published Sep 06, 2012 12:00 AM
On 5 September 2012, the Philippine House of Representatives on its third and final reading approved House Bill (HB) 6144, a bill which when passed into law will provide protection for the 1.9 million domestic workers (kasambahay) in the country. The Kasambahay bill requires employers provide three basic necessities—board, lodging and medical assistance—to their domestic workers. Besides, the bill is to ensure that domestic workers have access to basic education. It also guarantees that the privacy of domestic workers are respected as well as their right to a daily rest and weekly day off.

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On 5 September 2012, the Philippine House of Representatives on its third and final reading approved House Bill (HB) 6144, a bill which when passed into law will provide protection for the 1.9 million domestic workers (kasambahay) in the country.

The Kasambahay bill requires employers provide three basic necessities—board, lodging and medical assistance—to their domestic workers. Besides, the bill is to ensure that domestic workers have access to basic education. It also guarantees that the privacy of domestic workers are respected as well as their right to a daily rest and weekly day off.
 
Meanwhile, the Senate version of the bill is still pending at the committee level. Once approved by the Senate, a bicameral conference committee session will convene to reconcile the Senate and the House versions. Upon approval of the bicameral conference committee, the bill will be returned to the House and Senate for ratification. The ratified bill will then be submitted to Malacanang for the signature of the President.

In response to the passing of the Bill, William Gois from Migrant Forum in Asia says:

"We highly regard the tireless efforts of the Philippine Technical Working Group, the Department of Labor and Employment and other civil society groups for its active engagement and for keeping a close watch of the process to ensure that the approval of the bill happens before the House adjourns its session.
 
Another good news happened yesterday. The ILO office in Manila announced that the official deposit and receipt of the documents on the Philippine ratification on C189 took place in ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland which signals entry into force of C189.
 
This moment in history further fuels our struggles for the full realization of the rights of all domestic workers."


For more details, please read the news below:

1. Lower House approves 'Kasambahay Bill'
     http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/09/05/12/lower-house-approves-kasambahay-bill

2. House approves Kasambahay Bill
     http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/264788/house-approves-kasambahay-bill

3. House OKs bill protecting rights of kasambahay
     http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/272740/news/nation/house-oks-bill-protecting-rights-of-kasambahay

Source: Migrant Forum in Asia

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