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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, December 7, 2012
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Househelpers’ bill
approval lauded

The Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. in Negros Oriental yesterday commended a Congressional panel for approving a consolidated version of the Domestic Workers Act of 2012, a government press release said.

Romualdo Señeres II of the Visayan Forum said “Now that the Kasambahay bill is approved, the rights and welfare of the domestic helpers will be protected.”

The Senate and the House panel agreed on provisions on minimum wage and the protection of children engaged in domestic work, breaking a two-month deadlock that delayed the passage of the much-awaited bill, he added.

The panel agreed to peg the minimum wage of domestic workers at P2,500 per month for the National Capital Region, P2,000 for chartered cities and first class towns, and P1,500 for other towns, the press release said.

Federation of Free Workers president Sonny Matula said “After years of lobbying, our domestic workers are now included to have rights as that with other workers and their invisible work at home is now recognized,” the press release added.*

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