Household workers in Davao region may finally get a long-overdue wage hike as the Department of Labor and Employment started public hearings on the matter.
The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board in Region 11 held its first public hearing last Oct. 16.
DOLE-11 regional director Raymundo Agravante said the RTWPB-11 will deliberate the points raised by employers and domestic helpers on Oct. 23 and 30.
Presently, the minimum wage in the region is P2,000 for those in cities and first-class towns, along with mandatory benefits for the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG.
But some employers said the P2,000 monthly salary is enough since the domestic helpers do not pay for their utilities, food, and lodging.
For their part, representatives of domestic workers said P2,000 a month is too small to pay for the needs of a family.
Mercedita Corpus Galon, a domestic helper for three years and president of the Magsaysay Association of Persons with Disability in Magsaysay town in Davao del Sur, pointed out domestic workers work 24/7.
“Outside the country they can earn at least P18,000. The risk is there and they are away from their families, but it’s an opportunity to earn better,” she said.