Jun 092013

Now that the Kasambahay Bill is now a law, the Department of Labor and Employment has deployed Kasambahay desk officers in the provinces.

The DOLE said Friday it has designated a “Single-Entry Approach Desk Officer” (SEADO) who shall act as the Kasambahay Desk Officer in their respective areas.

“Questions on the implementation of the (implementing rules and regulations) of the Batas Kasambahay are unavoidable, especially during the first few weeks of its implementation. That is why having a DOLE personnel specifically assigned to handle queries and concerns in relation to the rules and regulations of the Batas Kasambahay is a good means to ensure that understanding can be fostered,” DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.

“This could lead to acceptance of the law, and hence, compliance,” she added.

Under Administrative Order No. 207, the DOLE is to designate Kasambahay Desk Officers in its regional offices.

These officers are to “conciliate complaints filed by kasambahays in the respective regional office,” the DOLE said.

It added these officers are also responsible for coordinating with other focal persons in the local government units on the implementation of the law.

Training for Kasambahay desk officers will also be provided and facilitated by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), and the DOLE’s Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) and Human Resource Development Service (HRDS), as specified in the administrative order.

Batas Kasambahay forms

DOLE regional offices will provide hard copies of Batas Kasambahay Forms and attachments to barangays.

“With the Batas Kasambahay already taking effect, we hope for a smooth implementation for the sake of our household service workers. It is really a high time that we give them the proper care and protection they need considering the necessary role that they play in our lives,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz also said those with questions can contact the DOLE call center at (02) 527-8000 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays.

President Benigno Aquino III signed the Kasambahay Law in January this year.

The law called for benefits and set the minimum wage for some two and a half million domestic helpers in the country. —KG, GMA News

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