Where To Find Good Household Helpers and Drivers
A trusted and good household helper is hard to find sometimes, but having the right connection or having good referrals from people you trust solves the problem. There are many good and reliable agencies that provide household helpers or maids for stay-in setup. For this article, we shall feature a few tips on where to look or whom to consult.
Kasambahay is the Filipino term for “household helpers” or “maids.” The word is a short-cut of the Tagalog phrase “kasama sa bahay”, meaning “a member of the household.” Some households even have nannies which is locally called a yaya.
You may find the help you need from the following:
TidyHomey ~ Housekeeping Services That Fit Your Needs
TidyHomey is a company is a company that was established with a very simple goal — to provide quality and fast cleaning service for any home. To provide fast service, they have a smartphone application that one can download and use to book a household cleaner to come to your home. Cleaners are screened and trained, thus it lessens the hassle of finding the right helper. Maintaining a clean and tidy home becomes an easy thing with TidyHomey. Check out their video from Jhona Mardirossian, their General Manager.
For more information:
Housekeeping Services that fit your needs
Contact Person: Jhona Mardirossian, Founder / General Manager
Phone no.: 02-257-4304 | 0916-731-5013
Manila Women’s Forum
Manila Women’s Forum is a networking group for women of all nationalities. Monthly meetings are held in the evening so those who work can attend. The Yahoo Groups list provides an opportunity for members to post information about events, resources and job opportunities as well as referrals of good maids and drivers. Most expats are only here in the Philippines temporarily, so there is a need for recommendations both for hiring helpers and recommending them for employment when the expat leaves. What is nice about this community forum is that you get referrals from fellow expats who have good recommendations about their hired helpers and drivers including useful details like the skills and availability of the helper or driver. For example, some are available on a live-in basis, which means they live at the employer’s home and have one day off a week. Others live out and come in a few days a week or work full time (six days a week, 8 hours a day).
The group is a friendly community that aims to provide intellectual stimulation and support personal and professional development. Their website is http://manilawomensforum.
Remember that this is a private group with rules and decorum when posting in their forum, thus good manners and courtesy are expected from all members for proper communication and to maintain harmony in the group. It’s a wonderful group to be part of.
Referrals from other parents in your children’s school
If you are a parent and your child is enrolled in an international school or in a good private school, there is a chance that members of the parents-teachers association might have a good referral for a trusted household helper or driver. Therefore, if you are new in the Philippines, make it a point to attend your child’s parents-teachers meetings or fun school activities for families. This is a way to expand your network for fellow parents who are most likely also expats in the Philippines, just like you.
Know the Philippine “Batas Kasambahay” or “Domestic Workers Act”
On the 18th of January 2013, Republic Act No. 10361 has been approved. This is known as “AN ACT INSTITUTING POLICIES FOR THE PROTECTION AND WELFARE OF DOMESTIC WORKERS” or the “Domestic Workers Act” for short.
Locally, this is referred to as “Batas Kasambahay” or “Kasambahay Law”. This is the law that protects the rights and welfare of domestic workers (like household helpers, drivers and the like) who are employed and working within the country. This provides a list of the responsibilities of the employer to be provided to the employee, as well as the pre-employment requirements of the employee. Sec. 24 is all about Minimum Wage. Sec. 29 covers the leave benefits of a maid or household helper. Sec. 30 is about providing SSS (Social Security System), PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corp.) and Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG to the employee. Take note of the ff.
SEC 24. Minimum Wage. – The minimum wage of domestic workers shall not be less than the following:
(a) Two thousand five hundred pesos (P2,500.00) a month for those employed in the National Capital Region (NCR);
(b) Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) a month for those employed in chartered cities and first class municipalities; and
(c) One thousand five hundred pesos (P1,500.00) a month for those employed in other municipalities.
After one (1) year from the effectivity of this Act, and periodically thereafter, the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Wage Boards (RTPWBs) shall review, and if proper, determine and adjust the minimum wage rates of domestic workers.
SEC. 29. Leave Benefits. – A domestic worker who has rendered at least one (1) year of service shall be entitled to an annual service incentive leave of five (5) days with pay: Provided, That any unused portion of said annual leave shall not be cumulative or carried over to the succeeding years. Unused leaves shall not be convertible to cash.
SEC. 30. Social and Other Benefits. – A domestic worker who has rendered at least one (1) month of service shall be covered by the Social Security System (SSS), the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG, and shall be entitled to all the benefits in accordance with the pertinent provisions provided by law.
Premium payments or contributions shall be shouldered by the employer. However, if the domestic worker is receiving a wage of Five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) and above per month, the domestic worker shall pay the proportionate share in the premium payments or contributions, as provided by law.
The domestic worker shall be entitled to all other benefits under existing laws.
For the complete details about this Domestic Workers Act, please visit http://www.gov.ph/2013/01/18/republic-act-no-10361/.
Author: Anna Stiva
Kasambahay Law – by Marcelle Villegas