UNA key proponents laud PNoy
for landmark law
big step in the right direction’ – Binay
By OVP Media
January 24, 2013
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and candidates of the United
Nationalist Alliance (UNA) today described President Aquino's signing
into law of the Kasambahay Bill as a major step in giving respect and
dignity to some 2.5 million household workers or ‘kasambahays’.
"The Kasambahay Law signed
by President Aquino gives our household workers the respect and
dignity they deserve," Binay said.
"I am glad that President
Aquino has signed the Bill into Law. This only shows the
administration’s commitment to provide maximum protection to and
uphold the dignity and welfare of our household workers – this is a
big step in the right direction," said the Vice President who is
likewise the concurrent chairman of UNA.
San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito
and Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, who are both running under UNA in the
2013 senatorial elections, are the main proponents of Republic Act No.
10361, or “An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare
of Domestic Workers”, or simply known as the “Kasambahay Act”.
Ejercito said, "this is the
best gift we can give at the start of the new year for these
hardworking men and women who tend to our homes and take care of our
The Kasambahay Act ensures
the rights and welfare of the estimated 2.5 million domestic workers
all over the country that similarly pegs the minimum salaries and
benefits of household employees.
Co-proponent Jack Enrile
said that “this is a landmark piece of legislation which took Congress
15 years to enact into law. This is just the beginning – our work is
not over yet. We need to make sure that the Implementing Rules and
Regulations (IRR) of this milestone measure will be properly enforced.
I therefore extend my hand to President Aquino in whatever capacity to
help fulfill the true spirit of this new law. I also want to thank all
the other legislators in the House of Representatives and the Senate
who supported the bill during its evolution in Congress, and are
equally happy with the turn of events.”
UNA senatorial bet Nancy
Binay said that “the Kasambahay Act sets forth the rights and
interests of the domestic household sector within the full protection
of the State.”
Former Sen. Dick Gordon
likewise hailed the passage of the Kasambahay Law and described it as
a “real milestone” in the long struggle of the domestic workers to
gain the recognition that they deserve.
He mentioned that it is
about time that government provides them with social benefits that
have long been overdue. "This is not just about money, it is also
about according the kasambahay the dignity that they richly deserve.”
UNA senatorial bet Mitos
Magsaysay also welcomed the development. “I am glad it has finally
been signed into law as we worked on this bill for quite some time.”
“The signing of the
Kasambahay law is landmark legislation for the less fortunate in
Philippine society. They should have more in law,” said former Sen.