DOLE chief wants P6K wage for ‘kasambahays’

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    LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III yesterday pushed for a national minimum wage rate of P6,000 for domestic workers, saying the current rate of P2,000 to P3,000 is “too low.”

    In a virtual press briefing, Bello said there should be a uniform floor wage rate for all domestic workers regardless of their location around the country.

    “In my opinion, there should be P6,000 nationwide minimum wage rate for all domestic workers. Don’t hire housemates for a meager P2,000 to P3,000. That’s too low,” said Bello.

    “What I prefer is, regardless if they are in Isabela or Mindanao, the salaries of household workers will be the same,” he said, adding P6,000 is a reasonable amount.

    “If you cannot afford P6,000, then do the work yourself. You do the cleaning, laundry, and others by yourself,” he said.

    Bello said such amount will enable domestic workers to send their children to school.

    “I believe P6,000 is already a reasonable amount. You can already send a child to school with that,” he said.

    Under the Kasambahay Law, the minimum wage of household workers is dependent on the rate set by the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Wage Boards (RTPWBs). The National Capital Region has the highest minimum wage rate at P5,000.