Kasambahay Bill

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Last January 18, 2012, marked the signing of RA 10361 or otherwise known as the "Domestic Workers Act" or the "Batas Kasambahay". 

Let me give you a few glimpse of what's the Act all about. For those of us who are employing helpers at home, this is a must read!

SEC. 5. Standard of Treatment. – The employer or any member of the household shall not subject a domestic worker or “kasambahay” to any kind of abuse nor inflict any form of physical violence or harassment or any act tending to degrade the dignity of a domestic worker.
SEC. 6. Board, Lodging and Medical Attendance. – The employer shall provide for the basic necessities of the domestic worker to include at least three (3) adequate meals a day and humane sleeping arrangements that ensure safety.
SEC. 8. Access to Outside Communication. – The employer shall grant the domestic worker access to outside communication during free time:Provided, That in case of emergency, access to communication shall be granted even during work time. Should the domestic worker make use of the employer’s telephone or other communication facilities, the costs shall be borne by the domestic worker, unless such charges are waived by the employer.
SEC. 9. Right to Education and Training. – The employer shall afford the domestic worker the opportunity to finish basic education and may allow access to alternative learning systems and, as far as practicable, higher education or technical and vocational training. The employer shall adjust the work schedule of the domestic worker to allow such access to education or training without hampering the services required by the employer.

SEC. 12. Pre-Employment Requirement. – Prior to the execution of the employment contract, the employer may require the following from the domestic worker:
(a) Medical certificate or a health certificate issued by a local government health officer;
(b) Barangay and police clearance;
(c) National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance; and
(d) Duly authenticated birth certificate or if not available, any other document showing the age of the domestic worker such as voter’s identification card, baptismal record or passport.

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 mother municipalities.

SEC. 34. Termination Initiated by the Employer. – An employer may terminate the services of the domestic worker at any time before the expiration of the contract, for any of the following causes:
(a) Misconduct or willful disobedience by the domestic worker of the lawful order of the employer in connection with the former’s work;
(b) Gross or habitual neglect or inefficiency by the domestic worker in the performance of duties;
(c) Fraud or willful breach of the trust reposed by the employer on the domestic worker;
(d) Commission of a crime or offense by the domestic worker against the person of the employer or any immediate member of the employer’s family;
(e) Violation by the domestic worker of the terms and conditions of the employment contract and other standards set forth under this law;
(f) Any disease prejudicial to the health of the domestic worker, the employer, or member/s of the household; and
(g) Other causes analogous to the foregoing.
SEC. 35. Employment Certification. – Upon the severance of the employment relationship, the employer shall issue the domestic worker within five (5) days from request a certificate of employment indicating the nature, duration of the service and work performance.

If you wanna know more about this law, you can read it here. Thank you Jenny Ong of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom for the link.

Mommy's New Treats

Friday, January 25, 2013

I have been buying my treats from only one source. I have tried others but I like Mommy Treats more.

So many mommies have been raving about the Lactation Chocolate Spoons and her brownies. But let me start of with the spoons.

I've seen them melting in cups so I decided to try it. I didn't know how much water to put in the cup so I started halfway. My son saw me with the chocolate spoon and he just couldn't wait. He wanted to grab the cup, which was hot, and sip from it.

 As the chocolate was starting to melt, I couldn't help myself. I kept tasting it and tasting it until almost all the chocolates melted. The little chocolate left in the wooden spoon... well let's just say that with my son around, nothing can escape his mouth.

What started as this...

Photo courtesy of mommy treats

eventually led to this...

As for the taste... yummy! Just like a tablea, with all the yummy goodness for my milk. Yeah Yeah I know, it's all in the mind to increase my milk supply. But it wouldn't hurt me to add a little help from all this goodies.

Heart-Shaped Bookmark

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A few days ago I tweeted and shared a blog by "How about Orange". She made a heart-shaped bookmark. It was simple and you could use just about any paper. If you wanna read that post you can click here.

Yesterday, while doing errands, I got tired of always looking for my page so I decided to give it a try. And viola!

Doesn't it look nice?! Care to share your DIY?

Splash splash

Photo for the day...

Rainy Morning

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hot pandesal with cheese anyone?

Thank you Lord!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

For this day I would like to be thankful for something. Last night, Christine posted a few photos of my mom on Instagram while they are in China for her treatment. Thank you tine for the wonderful photos.

Thank you Lord for the photos and thank you for the fast recovery of my mom. She looks a whole lot better. Thank you for the good weather, she was able to visit the park. Thank you for the good effects of the treatment, she was able to enjoy the nature.

Thank yo so much Lord.

See you soon mom. We love very much.

Ready for tomorrow...

Mama's helper

Friday, January 4, 2013

Trying to organize their CDs.

My Realization and a New Year's Resolution

I think I'm beginnig to see a pattern here. Everytime the 'ber' months come in, my yayas tend to leave. From 4 personnel now I'm down to 2. That may be more to some but for me it's just too few. Having 3 small kids and constantly travelling and working full-time, it's not gonna be easy.

I've read some of our mommy bloggers having troubles of their own. I guess we all do. But when these people, who have been with us for a few months and whom we have learned to like, leave us for different reasons, somehow it makes us angry, confused and hurt.

Was it me? Was it my kids? Was the salary cheap? In one way or another, the whole event leaves me yearning for answers. But as time passes and seeing thru the anger, I came to the conclusion that somehow, one way or another, they will eventually leave and seek new roads to travel. I have had one yaya who worked for me for almost 3 years, paid for her education but wasn't able to finish despite the well compensated salary.

I've been told to leave it as it is but being OC, sometimes it's hard not to get a grip on things. A doctor told me that 90% of life, we can control. But there's that 10% that we have no control of, things that are bound to happen whether we like it or not.

I'm gonna make this a new year's resolution then, to not take things too seriously. Things will happen but it is in how we react to them that matters. It's not gonna be easy but will try. By the way, have you come up with your new year's resolution.

Late Night Snack

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Me and R got hungry so we decided to screw my rule of not eating anything before sleeping.

Chocolates... Can't live without them

Having a wonderful time with them.