“We, the Department of Labor and Employment, Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth, are pleased to announce the completion of the Unified Registration System (URS) for kasambahay and its availability for stakeholder and public use.

“As we all know, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed on 18 January 2013 the Kasambahay Bill into law, which has been described as the most fitting gift of the government to over 2.9 million Filipino domestic workers.

“The law fulfils the country’s obligation to enact a national legislation in compliance with the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 which sets new international standards for the protection of household helpers.

What is now known as Republic Act 10361, or “An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers,” institutionalizes the provision of a comprehensive package of benefits to Filipino household service workers, including their entitlement to 13th month pay; service incentive leaves; and social welfare benefits.

“Under the law and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, the government’s social security agencies, namely, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG); Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); and Social Security System (SSS),
are mandated to jointly develop and implement the Kasambahay Unified Registration System, which adopts a standard and unified registration procedure to facilitate the seamless transactional environment for the registration of domestic workers.

“The implementation of a URS for kasambahay, as required by the law, is part of the government’s efforts to enable kasambahay and their employers easy, inexpensive, and timely access to a seamless registration system of the Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, and SSS for their health and other social service benefits.

“There will be only three one-page forms to be used with the URS in effect. These forms are the Household Employer Unified Registration Form, Kasambahay Unified Registration Form, and the Household Employment Unified Report Form.

“In effect, under the URS, employers and their kasambahay will only need to register in any one of the agencies. The three agencies will share the data and issue their respective membership identification numbers to the registrants. The registration is the proverbial ‘three-in-one’.

“The unified forms consolidate all the personal information of the registrants that are common and pertinent to the said agencies and are available for free at all branches/service offices of the said agencies. The forms can also be downloaded from their respective websites.

“Under the system, the three agencies shall continue to maintain their respective ID numbering system, which means the employer and the kasambahay will be issued three different ID numbers until such time that a common ID issuance system is developed and adopted.

“With the completion and deployment of the URS, we reiterate our commitment towards combined and determined efforts in maintaining the standards and encouraging compliance with the social security benefit provisions of the law; to facilitate and streamline registration and facilitation processes through further refinement of the Kasambahay URS which would ultimately lead to household employers and domestic workers availing of our services and other programs wherever they are and at their own free time.

“We are also committed to continue exchanging and sharing data and information, such as, but not limited to, the record or list of Household Employers and Domestic Workers for the establishment of a Standard Data Directory that will map the databases of Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, and SSS.

“Immediately after its deployment, we shall conduct a joint campaign to promote the URS, particularly to enhance awareness among the household employers and domestic workers on the uniform guidelines and compliance with the registration of employers and kasambahay.

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