Friday, April 29, 2016

TIPC to take lead roles in 
Ensuring helpers’ benefits 

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 24, (PIA) –Officers and members of the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) here leads in modeling for others by enrolling their house helpers in the mandatory government social protection program on Labor Day May 1. 

On that day, no less than this year’s chairman of the TIPC, City Mayor John Geesnell Yap leads the strong government mandated body in registering their house helps, maids, laundrywomen, drivers and handy men to the Philippine Health Insurance Program, Social Security System and Home Development Mutual Fund of the Pag-IBIG, revealed Bohol labor chief German Guidaben. 

By the act, members of the TIPC and the thousands who keep house helpers also register themselves and their house helpers with the social benefits program. 

The TIPC promotes industrial peace council’s formation, as a venue to institutionalize social dialogues and tripartite consultations on policies and programs affecting labor and management. 

The activity is set to happen at the Galleria Luisa, after a motorcade to commemorate that day for the world’s workers. 

According to Republic Act 10361 or the Domestic Workers Act, house helpers who have rendered a minimum service of a month shall be covered by SSS, Employees Compensation Commission, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG. 

By being registered, these house handy men helping their homemakers perform the menial tasks of home are entitled to all benefits in accordance with their respective policies, laws, rules and regulations. 

SSS benefits include sickness, maternity, disability, retirement, death and funeral. 

On the other hand, a unified benefits under the PhilHealth include inpatient hospital care and out-patient care. 

House helpers can also avail of the lean services for housing, and other emergency needs with Pag-IBIG. 

As to the worker’s premiums, the law provides that mandatory contributions shall be shouldered by the employer, but if the worker is paid over P5,000, the law provides a certain cost sharing system with the employer, Guidaben said. 

According to the same Domestic Workers Act, domestic workers in the National Capital Region are paid a minimum of P2,500, P2,000 for cities and first class municipalities and P1,500 for other municipalities. 

General provision of the law on domestic helpers state the State’s duty to uphold and protect the needs of the domestic worker against abuse, harassment, violence and exploitation as well as performance of work that is hazardous to physical and mental health. 

By the law, Domestic workers too, are entitled to minimum wages, other mandatory benefits such as 13th month pay, daily and weekly rest periods, service incentive leaves, board, lodging and medical assistance, right to privacy, access to education and training, to organize and practice religious beliefs. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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