Caregiver

CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

September 14, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 348 views

THE House of Representatives has adopted the Senate version of the measure, foregoing the bicameral conference committee meeting.

The final version will be sent to President Ferdinand Marcos for signature.

The measure outlines guidelines for preparing and entering employment contracts, submitting pre-employment requirements, determining work hours and minimum wage, and providing payment of wages, leaves and other benefits of the Filipino caregivers.

The bill also ensures that the benefits being currently received by caregivers cannot be reduced.

It protects the caregivers against unjust termination of service, safeguards those hired through private employment agencies; establishes dispute resolution procedures and outlines the responsibilities of caregivers and the necessities that their employers should provide for them.

The bill also entitles caregivers to mandatory overtime pay ang night shift differential and has a provision for granting caregivers an annual service incentive leave of no less than five days with pay, provided they have served for at least a year, on top of other leave benefits already stipulated by existing laws will also be granted.

Caregivers are to be covered by the Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pagibig and be accorded all legal benefits. The measure covers those employed and working within the country, the bill stated.

The proposed law would cover caregivers employed and working within the country in private homes, nursing or care facilities, and other residential settings, provides that there shall be an employment contract between the caregiver and the employer before the commencement of service.