Manila ----- In celebration of the 2018 Araw ng mga Kasambahay, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), along with its partners, conducted a whole-day capacity building activity for domestic workers and private employment agencies on May 13, 2018 at the City State Tower Hotel, Ermita, Manila.
The whole-day activity is composed of lectures revolving around this year’s theme: ‘Enhancing Knowledge and Skills of Domestic Workers’. Said activity aims to provide learning opportunities for the personal growth and development of domestic workers through learning sessions and demos.
“Sa araw na ito, maraming mga inputs na ibibigay sa inyo. Hopefully, itong mga inputs na ito ay makatulong sa inyo, hindi lang bilang isang kasambahay kundi bilang tao. We hope ma-improve nito ang inyong relationships with your employers and other people, as we look beyond being a kasambahay”, Assistant Secretary Maria Gloria A. Tango said in her message.
Among the topics discussed were Occupational Safety and Health Protection for Household Work, Child Care, Ethics and Values at Work, Alternative Learning System, Social Security Benefits, and the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program.
Personnel from the DOLE and its partners--Occupational Safety and Health Center, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Education, Social Security System, and Pag-IBIG, served as resource persons for the series of lectures.
The household workers were grateful for the learning opportunities during that day. “Marami akong natutunan tulad ng pagpapaligo ng bata, mga dapat tandaan sa mga gawaing-bahay, at kung paano mapapanatili ang magandang samahan ng isang kasambahay at kanyang amo”, Jenieby M. Dimasacat of United Domestic Workers in the Philippines shared.
Mary Grace T. Corales, a kasambahay from the Visayan Forum, also acknowledged the efforts of the DOLE and its partners for disseminating such valuable information. “First time ko pong sumali dito at marami akong natutunan. Sana po ay patuloy po ninyong tulungan ang mga kasambahay na malaman nila ang mga programang ito at kanilang mga karapatan”, Ms. Corales stated.
Aside from the kasambahays, representatives from registered Private Employment Agencies who also participated were thankful for the additional knowledge gained during the activity. “Bilang pribadong ahensya, natutunan ko kung papano ang tamang orientation para sa kasambahay at employees para lalong maging effective ang employee and employer relationship”, said Emerita G. Caoile of Country Miles Management Services and Placement Agency.
“Nagkaroon rin ako ng wider knowledge regarding the responsibilities, safety, and health protection of kasambahays”, Virgnia Castillo of Angels Haven Employment Agency added.
As a way forward to the participants, BWSC Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla mentioned, “We should not stop from where we are right now. We should continuously improve ourselves as a person, as a mother, as a worker, and as a kasambahay. Lahat dapat ng ginagawa natin ay bigyan natin ng excellence. Trabahuhin natin nang maayos ang ginagawa natin dahil lahat ng ito ay we lift up to the Lord”.
The celebration of the 2018 Araw ng mga Kasambahay commemorates the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Batas Kasambahay (RA 10361) on May 9, 2013. Aside from the learning sessions, free beauty and wellness services from TESDA were also provided to the participants. Likewise, the participants took home self-care kits provided by the DOLE.
The DOLE and its partners hope that the knowledge and skills gained by the domestic workers during the activity will enhance work performance, bring about employer’s trust and respect for a kasambahay as a worker, and eventually contribute to better working relationships.