Nancy Binay wants to beef up 'Kasambahay Law'

Posted at 01/12/14 3:39 PM

MANILA -- Senator Nancy Binay wants to beef up Republic Act 110361 or the Kasambahay Law as she recently filed two bills meant to provide additional rights and benefits for domestic workers.

Senate Bill No. 2009 or “Discount Benefits of Domestic Workers Act of 2013” proposes to mandate medical and dental establishments and institutions to provide 20% discounts on any sale of goods and services for medicine, medical and dental services for any domestic worker and her/his immediate kin.

Senate Bill No. 2005, on the other hand, proposes a tax deduction up to P20,000 from the employer’s gross income if he or she allows his/her kasambahay attend school or undergo training.

“In the Filipino family setting, our kasambahays play an integral role in the growth and management of the household. They take care of our kids, they make our food and they prepare everything we need. They are an integral support system that we usually take for granted,” Binay said.

She noted that the bills not only empower the kasambahay but also the homeowners.

“I believe that this arrangement is most beneficial for the family and will ultimately strengthen our country’s basic family system,” she said.