DOMESTIC workers or kasambahays in Metro Manila received an early Christmas gift as the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) formally granted a wage order amounting to P1,500.
Based on Wage Order No. NCR-DW-02, the new monthly minimum wage rate for domestic workers in Metro Manila will be pegged at P5,000 once the order takes effect. Wage Order No. NCR-DW-02 will take effect 15 days after it is published in a newspaper of general circulation.
“The Board agreed to provide for wage adjustments for domestic workers with immediate relief measures to manage the rising cost of living,” said the NCR wage board.
Prior to the issuance of the wage order, the monthly floor wage for domestic workers stood at P3,500 as provided by Wage Order No. NCR-DW-01 that took effect in December 2017.
Covered by the wage order are househelpers, yaya, cooks, gardener, and laundry personnel.
The wage order excludes service providers, family drivers, children under foster family arrangements, and persons working occasionally only.
The NCR wage board said it issued the wage order after it conducted a review on the socio-economic condition in Metro Manila motu proprio.
It said the wage order is also an outcome of the public consultations and hearings involving employers and domestic workers, among others.
Under the Kasambahay Law, regional wage boards are mandated to review the minimum wage rates for domestic workers regularly.