The Department of Labor and Employment has taken steps to strictly implement Batas Kasambahay by enhancing its monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) has come up with addendum to Administrative Order No. 207, Series of 2013 following the recent consultation aimed at updating the law’s implementing guidelines. The AO mandated the convergence of DOLE services in the implementation of the Kasambahay Law.
BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Satumba said her office has prepared a draft administrative order proposing addendum to Administrative Order No. 207.
The proposed administrative order prescribes the DOLE Monitoring and Reporting Indicators on Domestic Workers Act and the Kasambahay Desk Officers’ Guide.
The DOLE Monitoring and Reporting Indicators on Domestic Workers Act details the respective obligations and frequency of reporting of DOLE offices, bureaus, and attached agencies involved in the implementation of Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as Batas Kasambahay.
Among the monitoring indicators are information dissemination and advocacy activities on Batas Kasambahay, wage adjustments, dispute settlement, rescue and rehabilitation of abused domestic workers, employment contracts monitored through private employment agencies, and number of domestic workers’ organizations registered.
Meanwhile, the Kasambahay Desk Officers’ Guide, which will be used by Batas Kasambahay implementers, details the mandatory benefits, terms and conditions of local household service employment, and enforcement of Domestic Workers’ Rights under RA 10361.
For easier monitoring and evaluation, the proposed administrative order tasks concerned DOLE offices, bureaus, and attached agencies to prepare quarterly reports.
In addition, the DOLE Regional Offices are directed to provide copies of the Kasambahay Desk Officers’ Guide to local government units within their respective localities.
Under Administrative Order No. 207, Series of 2013, BWSC, as program manager, is supported by the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), Information and Publication Service (IPS), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), Human Resource Development Service (HRDS), and DOLE Regional Offices in implementing the provisions of Batas Kasambahay and its implementing rules and regulations.