Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, chairman of the Senate labor committee, authored the bill that also requires employers to provide their helpers with health benefits.
The minimum pay is mandated under the “Kasambahay” bill, of which Pimentel is a co-author.
“The pay hike bill will improve the lives of the people in lower sectors of society,” Pimentel said in a statement.
Under the “Kasambahay” bill, house helpers and their employers are required to sign a contract stipulating the period of employment, the amount of salary and mode of payment, annual increases, duties and responsibilities and working hours.
Helpers will also be mandated to contribute to the Social Security System while employers will pay for the helpers’ contribution to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth).
The Senate labor committee estimates 1.3 million house helpers in 2002. (MindaNews)