Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged domestic workers, or kasambahay, employers, recruitment agencies, DOLE partners in government, and civil society organizations to learn more about R.A. 10361, otherwise known as the Domestic Workers Act, or Batas Kasambahay, online.
The DOLE, through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, has come up with an e-Learning Introductory Course on Batas Kasambahay to make the provisions of the law accessible to more domestic workers. The e-Learning Course is available at elearning.dole.gov.ph, the e-learning portal of the DOLE Labor Governance Learning Center,” said Baldoz, who initiated the establishment of the portal as part of her reforms to enable the DOLE to keep up with today’s learning trends.
BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Satumba explained that once on the e-learning website, the domestic worker can follow the simple steps below:
(1) Click on the folder icon, “Enhancing Social Protection of Vulnerable Workers”;
(2) The page will open to another page with a folder icon, “Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Courses” which, when clicked, will open to the course, Introduction to Batas Kasambahay (Domestic Workers Act).
(3) At the homepage, there is an icon, “Courses” below which is a clickable “Enrol” action tab. If the kasambahay wishes to enrol in the course, she has to click this action tab.
“The online course is accessible and easy to understand. It will be less of a hassle for domestic workers to learn the law for they need not go to formal schooling to study the subject,” she added.
Baldoz said that all the kasambahay needs to do is to go to the nearest DOLE office, or to any Internet cafe or computer shop and enrol online.
“The kasambahay can also do the course in the comfort of home if the kasambahay has a laptop or desktop computer,” Baldoz said.
According to Director Satumba, the online course seeks to educate domestic workers and their employers, as well as private employment agencies, about the salient features of the Batas Kasambahay.
The online course covers the following topics: (1) coverage; (2) benefits; (3) rights and privileges of kasambahay; (4) duties and responsibilities of employers.
Satumba said the BWSC plans to develop other online courses on relevant laws and programs for the welfare and protection of vulnerable and disadvantaged workers.
Meanwhile, Baldoz said the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Cordillera Administrative Region had already approved and issued a wage order, W.O. No. CAR-DW-01, raising the minimum wages of household domestic workers in the region to not less than P2,500 in chartered cities and first-class municipalities and P2,000 in other municipality classes.
The said wage rates, which were computed based on the prevailing regional socio-economic condition and agreed upon after consultations with stakeholders, are higher than what R.A.10361 prescribed.
“I commend the RTWPB-CAR for being the first wage board to mandate a pay hike for kasambahay since the law was passed in 2013,” Baldoz said.